The Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Henry Seidu Daannaa, has asked the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs to make a pronouncement on the simmering chieftaincy problem in the Bolgatanga Traditional Area to put the matter to rest.
He said if the pronouncement did not favour any claimant to the skin, the person could proceed to court to seek redress.
“There should be an education on who is the rightful chief of the area so that anyone who is not satisfied can go to court to address his concerns, we cannot avoid the judiciary process,” Dr. Daannaa said.
He said that inasmuch as the government would not interfere in the chieftaincy dispute, there was the need to follow the due process to resolve chieftaincy issues because the institution operated under the law.
Dr. Daannaa was responding to media reports of two people enskinned as the Paramount Chief of the Bolgatanga Traditional Area following the death of the Bolga- Naba, the Paramount Chief of the Bolgatanga Traditional Area, Martin Adongo Abilba III, on September 26, 2013.
He said the ministry was in the process of codifying the line of succession of skins and stools in the country, explaining that it would help to resolve some of the chieftaincy disputes across the country.
Dr. Daannaa stressed the need to use the due to process to enskin or enstool a chief, explaining that the law recognised chiefs who had been registered with the House of Chiefs and appropriately gazetted.
Indications are that the once peaceful Bolgatanga Traditional Area is likely to be ruled by two paramount chiefs, which can derail the peace and stability of area.
Joseph Apekre Nyaaba, a 35-year-old marketing manager of GHACEM in-charge of the Northern and Upper East regions, was on Wednesday enskinned by the OverLord of the Mamprugu Kingdom, Naa Bohaga Mahami Abdulai Sheriga, as the Paramount Chief of the Bolgatanga Traditional Area, to succeed the late chief.
The kingmakers of the Bolgatanga Tradition Area on Friday, also enskinned Naba Raymond Abilba, son of the late chief, as the Paramount Chief, after he was installed as a regent of the area on August 8, 2014, following the death of his father, the late Naba Abilba.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman