Traditional Councils appeal for more staff
Japekrom (B/A), March 31, GNA Paramount chiefs in Brong-Ahafo have expressed displeasure over inadequate staffing in traditional councils in the region and appealed to the government to resource them.
They said the few staffing at the councils also lacked knowledge and were ignorant in portions of the Chieftaincy Act and needed training.
The 17 paramount chiefs raised the concern when Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa, Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, paid courtesy calls on them as part of his one-week visit to the Brong-Ahafo Region that ended on Saturday.
They said the chieftaincy institution was a noble one but sensitive area which needed competent and well trained staff so that they could help in addressing disputes and land litigations.
Nana Amoabeng Asare Kontimako, Adontehene and Acting President of the Japekorm Traditional Council, said the Council had only one staff and a service personnel without registrar.
He noted with regret that protracted land litigation between the people of Drobo and Japekrom had taken a political dimension and that the two traditional councils needed experienced staffs that are abreast with the Chieftaincy Act.
Nana Amoabeng Asare Kontimako said it was unfortunate the District Assembly was interfering in the dispute that is pending at the Supreme Court and called on the Chieftaincy Ministry to restrain the assembly.
Beyeeman Bosea Gyinantwi, Omanehene of Drobo commended Dr Daannaa for initiating and pursuing the codification of lines of succession to paramount stools but without adequate staff at the various councils the exercise would not achieve the intended goals.
He said the Drobo Traditional Council had only a registrar and needed other supporting staff.
Osahene Kwaku Aterkyi, Omanhene of Kukuom Traditional Council, said salaries for the staff at the council were not encouraging and appealed to the government to do something about it.
Responding to the appeals at separate meetings of the councils, Dr Daannaa appealed to the chiefs to exercise patience as the Ministry was aware and was doing all things possible to address the problems.
He said the Ministry had rolled out a number of policies and proggrammes aimed at empowering the chiefs as well as the traditional council staff to enable them contribute meaningfully to national development.
Dr Daannaa said chieftaincy disputes were serious threat to national security and appealed to disputing chiefs to cooperate with the various houses of chiefs in resolving those problems amicably.
He said the Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism was the best method for resolving chieftaincy disputes and appealed to the traditional rulers to resort to that.
Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/traditional-councils-appeal-for-more-staff-72900)
Published: 2014-03-31 16:16:38
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