Minister calls for peace in UE

Mr James Zuuga Tiigah,Upper East Minister (7)Mr. James Zuuga Tiigah, the Upper East Regional Minister has underscored the importance of unity amongst chiefs in the region since without peace there can be no meaningful development.

He reminded them that for any meaningful development to take place, the environment must be devoid of tension conflict, hostility, divisiveness and fear.

The regional minister made these remarks at the end-of year full house ordinary meeting of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday, at Bolgatanga.

Mr. Tiigah reiterated the need for the chiefs to be united, stressing that it was the pre-requisite for the promotion of peace and harmony, which will eventually pave the way for the rapid development of their communities.

“As custodians of our culture and traditions, it is incumbent on our chiefs and kingmakers to tenaciously uphold the legacy of your ancestors by ensuring that chiefs are enskinned in accordance with laid down procedures,” he added.

He therefore entreated the chiefs to come out with documentations on ascension to the various skins to curtail the unwanted chieftaincy disputes and litigations in the region.

The regional minister explained that, in this way, the heirs to the various skins will be known well in advance without any doubts or disputes.

Mr. Tiigah said there was no doubt that the progress and development of the region could not be achieved without the active support and participation of chiefs since they contributed enormously to the creation of the congenial and enabling environment within which development could take place.

He commended the chiefs, particularly for their ability to solve some chieftaincy and land disputes which had the potential to explode to full-scale clashes and destabilised the peace of the area.

Naba Sigri Bewong, President of the Regional House of Chiefs on his part, urged chiefs in the region to embrace the national sanitation day, which comes on the first Saturday of every month of the calendar year and impress upon their subjects to fully participate in the activities of the day.

Naba Bewong who is the Paramount chief of Sakoti traditional area in the Nabdam district, called on his colleague chiefs to impress upon their subjects to put an end to the annual ritual of bush burning to protect the environment.

He urged the chiefs to lend their support to the efforts being made so as to help eliminate cultural practices such as female genital mutilation that were outmoded and socially harmful.

The President of the House appealed to the regional minister to help resolve some of the challenges confronting the house, which hinder the chiefs in the performance of their duties.

He mentioned the deplorable state of the house of chiefs building whose renovation was long overdue and the lack of means of transport for some of the chiefs to go about their official duties as some of the challenges confronting the House.

The Sandem Nab, Naba Azaksu Azantilow II and five of his divisional chiefs were sworn into the regional house of chiefs as members.

It would be recalled that the Sandem Nab was a couple of months ago enskinned as the Paramount Chief of the Builsa traditional area.

From Ibrahim A. Mohammed, Bolgatanga

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