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U/E House of Chiefs President Prescribes Antidote to Chieftaincy Disputes

2007-01-23 17:36:42
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THE PRESIDENT of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, Naba Simon Ayidana Asobayire IV, has appealed to non-governmental organisations and other concerned institutions to assist the House to organise workshops for the various royals in the paramouncies.

Naba Asobayire, who made the appeal at the House’s general meeting, believed that such workshops would up-date the royals on the customary procedures to be followed when vacancies occur in their respective paramouncies.

“We have realized that the struggle to the skin, after demise of a chief, starts with the struggle among the royals to the kingmakers”, he said, explaining that those incidents happened because some of the royals do not know the custom let alone the process involved.

He was therefore optimistic that such workshops would help curtail the chieftaincy disputes and its attendant problems.

Naba Asobayire, who is also the Paramount Chief of Kologo, called on politicians in the Region to come together, irrespective of their political affiliations to develop the Region.

He commended the government for its good policies particularly the introduction of the capitation grant and school-feeding programme, which had caused a tremendous rise in basic school registration.

He implored his colleagues and other stakeholders in education to ensure that the children were retained in school till they completed their Senior Secondary education.

Naba Asobayire called on the Ayieta’s family to bury their differences and give peace a chance for the peaceful burial and funeral performance of the Paramount Chief of Sandema Traditional Area, Nab. Dr. Ayieta Azantilow, who passed away on November 14, 2006.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr. Boniface Gambilla was hopeful that with the reconstitution of the House’s Judicial Committee in preparation for some pending issues, the rising numbers of disputes, which he noted were a drain on resources and progress, would be reduced.

He learnt with joy that the House had been taking proactive measures, using the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism to arrest the potential conflict situations before matters got worse.

He acknowledged that it was the diligence that the House applied to its work that had made the Region a peaceful one and appealed to the House to be guided by the time tested ground rules in their traditional areas, in their quest for justice and peaceful co-existence, in order to sustain the peace being enjoyed in the Region.

Mr. Gambilla said, “Though it is very commendable (sic) for non-governmental organisations to rush in with all sorts of relief assistance as a result of armed and violent conflicts, it would have been better if there were no conflicts at all.”

He commended RAINS, a Tamale based NGO and others who had been helping in building the capacity of Members of the House.

Considering the important role Chiefs play in governance and in view of the rampant incidence of chieftaincy disputes, coupled with land related problems in the region, Mr. Gambilla wished that the House would endeavour to meet more often than had been the case.

He took the opportunity to explain certain controversial decisions taken by the government, particularly the allocation of the Millennium Challenge Account which, he said, excluded the two Upper Regions theoretically but included them in practice.

The Minister also briefed the House on the activities and development projects the government was undertaking in the Region as part of Ghana’s Jubilee Anniversary celebrations.

source: Chronicle

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