The Director of the Otumfuo Centre for Traditional Leadership (OCTL), Lepowura M.N.D Jawula, has urged traditional authorities to assist the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDs) to offer excellent administrative services to their communities.
That, he explained, was the only way to ensure that development projects initiated in their communities were tailored towards specific needs of the people.
Lepowura Jawula said this at the graduation of 60 traditional rulers from the OCTL of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) in Accra.
The programme, aimed at giving traditional leaders the basic rudiments in Chieftaincy Law, Land Administration, Conflict Resolution, Chieftaincy and Democracy, and Women in Traditional Leadership, was supported by the Local Government Studies.
The group being the second batch included four chiefs who received Diplomas after successfully completing the Part Three of the programme, while the others received certificates.
According to the director, traditional leaders had a greater role to play in the development agenda of their communities hence the need to be part of that decision making process.
“The chieftaincy institution is a vocation with greater responsibilities. It therefore behoves every leader to spearhead the development of their communities by collaborating effectively with the MMDAs to provide the basic needs of their people,” he said.
Lepowura Jawula indicated that despite the fatherly role chiefs play in society, political parties do not mention them in their manifestos but always visit them in their palaces, a situation that always creates the impression that they support one particular party or the other.
The Omanhen of Esikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketia V, who chaired the programme said the leadership skills learnt would impact positively on the evolution of the chieftaincy Institution in Africa, adding that there has been better understanding of who they are and what they can do to move the country towards the path of development.
The Chief of Ngleshie Alata, Nii Ayi Kpotia I, on behalf of colleagues advocated the running of the course to the Masters level.
He urged the National House of Chiefs to use the course as a prerequisite to acceptance into the National House of Chiefs and paid glowing tribute to the initiators of the programme and urged for more financial assistance to give other chiefs the opportunity to attend the course.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu