Another Giant Leap In Dagbon
2006-05-31 16:16:00This article has been read 912 times.The road map for the reconciliation process in Dagbon took another big leap forward on Monday when a seven-member Council of Elders was inaugurated to consolidate the gains so far made in the peace process.
The council, with membership drawn from both the Abudu and Andani gates, is chaired by Kuga-Na Abdulai Braimah and it was inaugurated in Yendi in line with the plan crafted by the three-member Committee of Eminent Chiefs, led by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi a couple of months ago.
The other members of the council are the Mion Lana, Abdulai Ziblim, the Korli Gbang-Lana, Mahama Mahama, and the Bamvim Lana, Abdulai Mahama, all from the Abudu Gate.
The Andani representatives are the Sung Lana, Abdulai Mahama, the Kunkong Lana, Ziblim Fuseini, and the Kpan Na, Mohammed Bawa.
The occasion was witnessed by the outgoing Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Boniface Abubakari Saddique, the incoming Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mr Issah Ketekewu, and security chiefs.
Also present were representatives of the Yagbon-wura, Bawa Doshie, and the Nayiri, Abdulai Sheriga, who are both members of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs.
Alhaji Saddique, who inaugurated the council, explained their functions to include acting in concert with the functions of the sitting Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya Na Abdulai Andani, and assisting and supporting him in the administration of the Dagbon State.
“In other words, the council will advise and support the Regent to install regents or enskin chiefs whose functions are relevant to the performance of the funerals of the late Ya-Na Muhammadu Abdulai and Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II but which skins are vacant,” he further stated.
The minister added that the council would ensure that all traditional matters affecting Dagbon were properly handled to avoid controversies and disputes and that major issues outlined in the road map concluded on March 29, 2006 in Kumasi should be cleared with the eminent chiefs at every stage before they were implemented.
“The council members are to work together to ensure that there is mutual trust, co-operation and the involvement of the Royal families in every aspect of matters affecting the Dagbon State,” he said.
Alhaji Saddique entreated the members to espouse the virtues of patience, tolerance and understanding to pave the way for the reunification and accelerated socio-economic development of Dagbon.
“The peace, stability and progress of Dagbon are in your hands and I am sure you will not fail the people. Let it be said in years to come that your membership on the council brought the conflict to an end,” he stated, stressing that “you don’t win by losing your temper; you lose by losing your temper”.
The next meeting between the eminent chiefs and members of the council would come off on June 9, 2006 at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.