A five-day training workshop for Chiefs and staff of traditional councils, regional and national houses of chiefs, to build the capacity of the traditional rulers, has opened in Accra.
The workshop which aims at giving traditional leaders the basic rudiments in Chieftaincy Law, Land Administration, Chieftaincy and Democracy; Conflict Resolution, Women in Traditional Leadership, among others is supported by the Local Government Services.
It is under the auspices of the Otumfuo Centre for Traditional Leadership (OCTL) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
The participant numbering 60, drawn from across the country, would be awarded certificate at the end of the workshop.
In his welcome Address yesterday, the chairman of the opening ceremony, Justice S. A. Brobbery, noted that it was important to equip traditional leaders with professional skills to make informed decisions that would contribute to the development of the nation from their local communities.
He tasked traditional leaders to avail themselves for such programmes in order to be abreast with the trends in national development.
Mr. Brobbery described the workshop as important since it would give in-depth knowledge regarding mediation, negotiation, arbitration and litigation processes in law to help solve the common conflicts associated with their jurisdictions.
He said traditional leaders, with the right know-how, would go a long way in ensuring development and improve upon the democracy practices to achieve set targets collectively as a nation.
The Director of OCTL, Lepowura M. N. D. Jawula, in his address appealed for more chiefs to be included in the Council of State (CS) in order for them to be part of the decision making since the chiefs formed the fulcrum of the society.
He said Chiefs play a vital role in the development of a nation but have not been given the proper recognition.
To him, chiefs were not well consulted and that was why when politicians visit the various traditional areas chiefs take advantage of their visits to voice out their views on governance and national development.
“We have played a vital role, that’s why we are still the custodial owners of lands and other important properties in the country,” hence the need to be given more voice, he stated.
Lepowura Jawula pleaded with authorities of UPSA to include a masters programme for traditional leaders to enable them continue the learning process for the betterment of all.
The Vice Chancellor of UPSA, Prof. Joshua Alabi said the university remains committed to the development of chiefs and that such programmes would be held periodically to help in upgrading the skills of the chiefs.
By Julius Yao Petetsi & Dinah Twumasi