“Chieftaincy Remains Vital in Our History and Development”-Nana Addo

“Chieftaincy Remains Vital in Our History and Development”-Nana Addo

His excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says, the Chieftaincy Institution like all other institutions of state has lived through controversial period of Ghana’s history, playing different roles at different times.

Addressing the Bono Regional House of Chiefs in Sunyani on Thursday, September 10, 2020 the President, however acknowledged that a major bane of the nation’s socio-economic development has unfortunately been chieftaincy disputes.

This he said, are resulted sometimes in full blown conflicts, threats to the nation’s peace and stability, destruction of property, loss of lives, closure of educational and health facilities and separation of families.

However, the President stated, “I do not hesitate to state that Chieftaincy has been, is, and will be an indispensable part of our history and development.”

Towards addressing the challenges of chieftaincy disputes, President Akufo-Addo revealed further that “Government, through the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, has arranged to provide the funds that will increase the number of sittings of Judicial Committees of Regional Houses to hasten the adjudication of pending issues, in order to bring closure to many outstanding disputes that continue to generate tension”.

Again, to reduce conflicts and establish areas of customary jurisdiction and allegiance, the Chieftaincy Ministry, together with the National House of Chiefs has delineated traditional areas of paramouncies.

He said issues of land administration continue to be a major problem bedeviling the development of the economy, mainly as a result of dishonesty in land dealings.

“As trustees of lands on behalf of your peoples, I entreat you to help Government streamline the administration of lands in the country, leading to an efficient and well-functioning regime of titling, fixing of boundaries and ownership tracing,” The President added.

Appreciating the indispensable role played by Chiefs in the history and development of Ghana, he explained that, ever since his Government assumed office in January 2017, a lot of steps have been undertaken to strengthen the institution of Chieftaincy.

These include a 100% increase in the quarterly budgetary support to the Traditional Councils and Houses of Chiefs, and a GH¢3.5 million support for the completion of the new headquarters office complex of the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi.

Additionally, President Akufo-Addo indicated the commitment of Government to moving speedily on finishing work on the codification of the traditional norms and rules that have guided our communities throughout the ages.

He further disclosed that, the Ministry, in collaboration with the National House of Chiefs, has also begun the process of digitizing records of the National House of Chiefs, particularly records in the National Register of Chiefs.

The president applauded the Chieftaincy Ministry for instituting a programme to have courses in Chieftaincy development, comprising lectures, seminars and other activities, aimed at building the capacity of Chiefs and all persons with interest in the Chieftaincy institution.