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20.11.2008 Regional News

Western chiefs elect Atribukusu, Enimil…as Prez & Vice respectively

By Alfred Adam, Sekondi - Ghanaian Chronicle

MEMBERS of the Western Regional House of Chiefs (WRHC) have retained the President of the House and Paramount Chief of the Lower Axim Traditional Area, Awulae Attibrukusu III, to serve additional four year term in office. He contested the presidency unopposed.

The House also elected Osagyefo Kwamina Enimil VI, Omanhene of the Wassa Fiase Traditional Area, as Vice President with additional responsibility of representing the House at the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi.

Osagyefo Kwamina Enimil beat his colleague chief, Awulae Angamatuo Gyan II, Paramount Chief of the Gwira Traditional Area, by 11 to 4 votes, to pick the Vice Presidency slot.

Other members elected to represent the House in deliberations at the National House of Chiefs, were the Paramount Chief of Sefwi Bekwai, Odeneho Gyapong Ababio II, Awulae Attibrukusu II, Osabarima Kwaw Entsie II, Paramount Chief of the Mpohor Traditional Area, and Nana Kweku Gyamperah, Paramount Chief of the Chirano Traditional Area.

Justice Anthony Oppong, a Sekondi High Court Judge, swore the elected chiefs into office, with a pledge to serve the House.

Addressing the House later, Awulae Attibrukusu II told members that he was not only happy to be re-elected, but the maturity exhibited by the House to allow him run for a second term in office unopposed, was a sign that there was unity in the House.

According to him, by the result of his re-election, members of the House had given him the mandate to play the leadership role in managing affairs, as required by law and practice.

“Nananom and Awulaemo, on behalf of my Vice, and on my own behalf, I would like to sieze this opportunity to thank you for the support given me and my vice in steering the affairs of this House for four years without problems.”

He also thanked the Judicial Committee, which helped him during the past four years.

He was also happy with the reduction of chieftaincy cases from 79 to 15 at the end of his first term in office.

Awulae Attibrukusu pledged to deliver what he and his new vice were expected to do in pushing the administration of the House forward. “But I will need your support so as to let our dreams come true.”

He also pledged his determination and readiness to offer dedicated and selfless service to the House, by improving upon his first term service as President.

Transparency would also be his watchword and the spirit of sharing views.

He would further use his second term as President of the House, to correct past mistakes and improve upon them, to enhance ideal administration.

He reiterated his appeal to members, not to allow themselves to be divided under any circumstance, but always cooperate with those who are hostile to matters of peace, unity and good governance. “The outcome of the election should be regarded as victory for peace, unity and good governance.”

On his part, the Regional Minister, Mr. Anthony Evans Amoah, noted that the re-election of the President of the House, unopposed for a second term in office, was an indication of the good works of the latter.