Koforidua, Sept. 16, GNA - The Konor of Yilo Krobo, Nene Narh Dawutey Ologo VI, has been elected unopposed as the new President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Thursday for a three-year term. Nene Ologo, who was the immediate-past Vice-President, succeeded the Okuapemhene Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa III, who had completed two terms of six-year tenure of office.
The election, which was conducted by the Electoral Commission, also made the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Dr Oti Boateng, the Vice-President unopposed.
Three other members, who were elected unopposed to represent the House at the National House of Chiefs for three years alongside with the President and the Vice-President, included Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa, Okwahuhene, Daasebre Akuamoah Boateng II, and the Omanhene of the Akim-Bosome, Okotwasuo Kantamanto Oware Agyekum II.
The five chiefs were sworn-into office by the Supervising High Court Judge of Koforidua, Mr Justice Francis Korbieh, who administered the oaths of office, secrecy, allegiance and judicial to them.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Eastern Regional Minister, Dr Francis Osafo-Mensah hoped the newly elected officers would perform their traditional and official duties to the best of their ability to justify the "well-deserved trust and confidence" reposed in them by their colleagues.
He urged members of the House to do everything possible to reduce the spate of chieftaincy disputes and conflicts to the barest minimum in order to ensure that peace and stability prevailed in the region, in particular, and the nation as a whole, for more development projects to improve the living standards of the people.
Earlier in a welcoming address read on his behalf, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa, thanked the 11-member house for their co-operation and support during his tenure of office and hoped the same cordiality would be extended to his successor to promote the development of the chieftaincy institution.
In his acceptance speech, Nene Ologo commended his colleagues for the trust reposed in him in line with the "consensus theory" and called on them to continue to uphold the sense of cordiality to enable them discharge the onerous responsibility entrusted to them.
Nene Ologo, known in private life as Mr Cephas Kwabena, who was enstooled in 1978, had Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Prague and worked as Hospital Engineer With the Ministry of Health for 25 years. He was a Member of the Council of State between 1997 and 2000.