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CHIEFS, QUEEN MOTHERS AND SUPPORTING STAFF OF TRADITIONAL COUNCILS RECEIVE TRAINING

A training workshop for chiefs, queen mothers and supporting staff of the Traditional Councils and the Regional and National House of Chiefs has taken place in Accra

 

 

Forty eight participants attended the five-day workshop which aimed to build the capacity of chiefs to enable them play meaningful and expected roles as enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

 

It was organized by the Otumfuo Traditional Leadership Centre (OCTL) in conjunction with the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

 

In an address at the end of the workshop, Mr Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, noted that the Judicial Committees of the Traditional Councils and the Regional and National House of Chiefs had been clothed with jurisdiction as Courts and deserved to be treated as such.

 

Mr Justice Brobbey described the rules governing the Judicial Committees as archaic and unable to contribute to the effective adjudication of disputes.

 

There was, therefore, the need, he said, for a review of the rules, the upgrading of infrastructure in which the Judicial Committees were housed and adequate provision of logistics made for their administration.

 

In a statement, Dr Oko Amartey, Pro-Vice Chancellor, UPSA disclosed that a Masters Programme would be introduced at OCTL and urged the Chiefs to take advantage of it.

 

Dr Amartey commended the chiefs for their leadership role in society and urged them to hold aloft the chieftaincy institution.

 

In his closing remarks, the Consulting Director of OCTL and Chairman for the occasion, Lepowura M.N.D. Jawula, expressed the hope that the training received would positively affect the chiefs in various ways including strategic leadership, land administration and records management, among others.

 

A Communique issued at the end of the workshop urged Government to encourage, promote and develop training, as high as to the tertiary level, for the empowerment of chiefs, queen mothers and supporting staff in the Traditional Councils.

 

The Communique also called on Government to revisit the current provision in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which excludes chiefs from participating in active politics.

 

The Communique requested that Special Funds be created in the various Traditional Areas to be kept by the Municipal and District Assemblies in a Special Account and managed jointly by the Municipal/District Assemblies and the Traditional Authorities.

 

In addition the Communique stressed the need to encourage the participation of queen mothers in the governance of their Traditional Areas and requested Traditional Authorities to ensure accountability and inclusiveness in the governance of their respective areas.

 

Among the chiefs present were Nii Adjei Kraku II, Paramount Chief of Tema, and King (Dr) Noble Odaifio Welentsi III.

 

 

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)