The Ga Dangme Youth Association has called for an end to the impasse between the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs and the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs over the transfer of Harry Anthony Attipoe, the Registrar of the House.
The association held that the stalemate over the issue has brought business of the House to a standstill, thereby stalling traditional development of the region.
It said this when members of the Executive Council addressed the media to deliberate on issues affecting the progress of the region.
Mr. Herbert Akai Nettey, president of the association, noted that the issue seemed to have been fuelled by a group calling itself “Coalition of Ga Dangme Youth,” which held media engagements to push for the exit of Mr. Attipoe.
Mr. Nettey said that “in as much as the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and association, the proliferation of such flash in the pan pressure groups in the region to push for single agenda does not augur well for the region.
He noted that the group seemed to only focus on the transfer for Mr. Attipoe, despite the fact that the eminent leaders in the House had called for the registrar’s retention, subject to a smooth transitional timetable.
Mr. Nettey said the group had set the house and the ministry on a collision course by creating an unnecessary “bad blood” between them.
“It is regrettable that a simple administrative restructuring was given an unfortunate ethnocentric twist when the coalition held a press conference and demonstrated against the leadership of the house because the chiefs had alluded that their working relationship with the registrar had been effective for traditional adjudication.”
He said the Ga Dangme Youth Association, a well-respected group and an integral part of the Ga Dangme Council made up of eminent Ga Dangme descendants, would not want to take sides on the issue, but was concerned that the chiefs’ interest, were not being respected.”
Meanwhile, the association has called for the return of the Accra Community Centre to the Ga Traditional Council whiles the government streamlined the annexation of Marine Drive Beach Front with the chiefs.