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Two Paramount Chiefs Sworn Into UE/R House of Chiefs

2006-09-15 00:06:27
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Bonface Gambila
THE UPPER East Regional Minister, Mr. Boniface Gambila, has commended the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs for adopting Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms to resolve outstanding chieftaincy conflicts in the region.
He said with the already deprived nature of the people and the huge cost associated with solving disputes in court, the resort to the ADR mechanism was the best-suited measure for the people, as it would not only reduce cost and time, but also bring the once-feuding parties together.

Mr. Gambila made this commendation at the formal swearing-in of two paramount chiefs as members of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs at a colourful ceremony in Bolgatanga.

The chiefs were the Bon-Naba, Baba Salifu, bearing the skin name Naba Lemiraam, paramount chief of the Bongo traditional area, and the Nakong Pio, På Joseph Batapå Afagachie, paramount chief of the Nakong traditional area.

The Minister congratulated the two chiefs for their ascendancy to the very noble and enviable traditional position and expressed hope that they would bring their rich experience to bear on the deliberations of the House.

He called on members of the House to expedite action on the Yameniga and Zebilla chieftaincy problems as well as the Bolgatanga–Zuarungu and Chuchuliga chieftaincy matters.

Mr. Gambila expressed great concern about the upsurge of armed robbery cases on the major roads, especially the Navrongo–Wa trunk road, and said everything possible was being done to bring the situation to normalcy, but urged all those within the traditional areas to report strange characters who would stray into the villages to the law enforcement agencies.

On the water level of the Akosombo dam, the Minister urged the leaders to endeavour to educate their people on the very important national exercise, giving the assurance that there was no cause for alarm.

“We all need to cooperate with the Volta River Authority to help sustain the electricity industry by reducing our power consumption. We should be careful not to kill the hen that lays the golden eggs,” Mr. Gambila advised.

He also reminded the chiefs about the impending District Level and Unit Committees elections and urged them to educate their people to vote for dedicated and capable people who were prepared to serve consciously.

On the policies and programmes of the government, Mr. Gambila reaffirmed the commitment of the NPP government to implementing policies and programmes geared towards creating an enabling environment to improve the quality of the life of the people, noting that in the last five years, government had introduced a lot of interventions to bring sanity into the economy.

Mr. Gambila announced that the region would soon take delivery of some tractors and urged the chiefs to take advantage of the allocation of these heavy duty equipments to get themselves actively involved in farming.

He said plans were far advanced to improve on the White Volta basin, and emphasised the need for the youth to make full use of the area by involving themselves in farming in order to increase food production.

On his part, the President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, Naba Simon Ayidana Asobayire, said the House would continue to adopt the ADR mechanism in resolving chieftaincy cases in the region.

Naba Asobayire said the House had put in place a three-man Judicial Committee headed by the Sekoti Naba, Sigiri Bewong, who is the Vice President of the House, the Bolga Naba, Martin A. Abiliba, paramount chief of the Bolgatanga traditional area, and the Kayoro Pio, På Oscar Batabi Tiyiamu, paramount chief of the Kayoro traditional area.

According to Naba Asobayire, besides the Yameniga and Zebilla chieftaincy cases that were pending, the Judicial Committee of the House had started sitting on the issue and was hopeful that with the cooperation of the parties involved, the cases would be disposed of before the end of the year.

Naba Asobayire, who is also the paramount chief of Kologo traditional area, said apart from these two cases, there were two other controversial ones and mentioned the Chuchuliga and the Zuarungu–Bolgatanga chieftaincy cases that had been before the National House Chiefs for quite some time.

On the forthcoming District Level and Unit Committees elections, Naba Asobayire called for the voting of more women into the Assemblies as well as the appointment of chiefs by the government, saying he believed this would go a long way to create a balance for the Assemblies to make appropriate and workable decisions for the orderly development of the respective communities.

A Bolgatanga Circuit Court Judge, Mr. Imoro Ziblim, performed the swearing-in ceremony of the two chiefs.

source: Chronicle

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