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19.09.2005 General News

Don’t create chieftaincy ministry -Chief

By Daily Graphic
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Acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Adote Obour II, has rejected calls for the creation of a Chieftaincy Ministry since it could lead to power struggle between the proposed Ministry and the National House of Chiefs.

“The two institutions will be fighting over control if we create the Chieftaincy Ministry,” Nii Obour, who is also the Sempe Mantse, said.

Speaking in an interview, Nii Obour II said Ghana's constitution forbade government from interfering in chieftaincy issues, and that any ministry mandated to regulate the work of chiefs would conflict with the work of the National House of Chiefs.

He said the creation of a chieftaincy ministry would also enable the government to interfere in the affairs of chiefs and result in struggle for control.

He indicated that chiefs owned allegiance to the regional houses of chiefs and that the head of national house of chiefs will be in the right position to see to the institution of chiefs in the country, but not a ministry.

The acting President of the Ga Traditional Council said what was needed was a Chieftaincy Service under the National House of Chiefs to supervise the work of all staff of the Chieftaincy Secretariat.

He said the proposed Chieftaincy Service should be headed by the President of the National House of Chiefs and funded from the National Consolidated Fund to enable it to carry out its activities without hindrance.

Earlier, a Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ms Gloria Akuffo, said historically Ghanaian chiefs and queens had been in the forefront in the struggle to develop their communities.

According to her, it was in recognition of this, that the government had commenced a process of promoting the development of partnership relationships between multilateral and other donor agencies and traditional authorities.

She said under the partnership, the donor agencies provided the traditional authorities with technical and financial assistance to undertake development projects in their respective areas.

Ms Akuffo, therefore, urged the chiefs and queens to mobilise human, material and financial resources to complement the government's efforts to reduce poverty.