2nd Annual King James Lectures Take Off Today

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe second Annual Wetse Kojo (King James Memorial Lectures) instituted by Ngleshie Alata Paramount stool comes off at the British Council Hall today.

Two eminent Ghanaians, Prof. Stephen Adei, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief Justice of Ghana are expected to present papers in respect of roles traditional leaders could play in an emerging socio-economic challenges.

While Prof. Adei would present a paper on the topic, ‘Harnessing local resources for community development: The role of traditional councils,” Mrs. Wood would present a second paper on “Protecting Ghana’s heritage from money-launderers and terrorists: The role of traditional councils”.

The event which has coincided with Obrempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, the Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata’s 94th birthday anniversary, was expected to be graced by many eminent personalities.

A statement issued by the Paramount Stool Council Secretariat said the justification for the creation of the annual lecture was that clients before and after their installment could not be an epitome of all knowledge.

It said it had therefore become imperative to create a platform where ethical issues of relevance could be addressed to enable the chiefs serve their people well with the built knowledge.

“This platform will, to a very large extent be transformed to bridge any leadership gaps that need to be filled as far as modern traditional leadership is concerned,” it said.

The statement said building the capacity of chiefs and queens to appreciate their role as change agents would in the long term promote holistic development within the various communities.

It said it was anticipated that the lecture would bring to the fore a new crop of leaders who are business-minded, development oriented, peace-builders, and environmentally conscious who have their community at heart and for which reason they would provide selfless and dedicated leadership to their generation and for the future generations.

The statement said the lecture would inspire a generation who are in touch with their heritage and British participation in their history.

The history of Ngleshie-Alata, James Town British Accra, the statement said was very much a British history which is not taken lightly by the people for whom it is the very foundation of their heritage.

It said to lose that history to modernity would be unfortunate and to let it fester in the inability of the traditional rulers to use for development and effective growth would also be considered a tragedy.

The statement said under the leadership of Obrempong Ababio, the Traditional Council was determined to foster change with the support of Great Britain to restore James Town to its long recognised glory. By Lawrence Markwei  


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