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Produce documentation on ascension to skins, Upper East chiefs advised

2009-10-29 20:34:52
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The Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, has been advised to generate documentation on ascension to the various skins in the region to help end chieftaincy disputes and litigations.

The Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Mark Woyongo who made the call at the general meeting of the House in Bolgatanga, urged the chiefs to sustain efforts aimed at finding a lasting solution to chieftaincy disputes.

He expressed dissatisfaction that chieftaincy disputes in Bawku, Sandema and Mirigu and other areas were affecting development in the region.

The Minister said gone were the days when traditional rulers were assessed by the number of wars they won or fought, and reminded them that currently chiefs were judged by the development projects they initiated or completed.

He advised the chiefs to remain politically neutral and said that government was committed to promoting the chieftaincy institution.

Hon. Woyongo said funds had been allocated for the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture to collaborate with District Assemblies and organize capacity building workshops to sensitise chiefs on government policies and governance.

He explained that this would enable the chiefs to appreciate their roles in conflict resolution and the promotion of agriculture, security, health, education, sanitation and infrastructure development.

Hon. Woyongo said that the region would celebrate its golden jubilee next year adding that the occasion would be used to market potentials that abound in the region to attract investors, create employment, and reduce poverty.

He appealed to the chiefs to liaise with the District Assemblies to create land banks for investment in the region.

The Paramount chief of Paga Traditional Area, Pe Awiah Awampaga II who is also the President of the House of Chiefs, said the group had worked hard to reduce chieftaincy and land disputes in the region.

The President of the House said a three-member committee formed by the House, had directed regents to perform the funeral rites of all deceased paramount chiefs to pave the way for the enskinment of new ones by the end of December this year.

Pe Awampaga said the House was worried about the Bawku conflict and commended government and other stakeholders working to bring peace to the area.

He said the House would support all initiatives aimed at ending the crisis.

Pe Awampaga appealed to Hon. Woyongo to ensure the construction of dams in the districts in the region to promote "all-year farming."


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