Ngleshie Alata has no chief – Trad. Council

Nii Addy V (second from left) speaking at the news conference

Nii Addy V (second from left) speaking at the news conference

The Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council has debunked claims by one Oblempong Kojo Wetse II as a successor to the late Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, the immediate paramount chief of the area.

The council has therefore advised the people of James Town and Ghanaians at large to ignore any purported installation of any chief of the traditional area.

The Ngleshie Adontenhene who is also the acting president of the traditional council, Nii Ngleshie Addy V announced at a news conference in Accra on Thursday.

According to him, the custom and traditional oath which the late paramount chief swore to the chiefs and people of the James Town Paramount Stool has still not been revoked and therefore cannot be passed on to any person.

He explained that, per Ga customs and tradition, a demised chief is buried before a new chief is installed, adding that “no person had been installed as Oblempong Wetse Kojo II for which the traditional council is aware of.”

“At the moment the mortal remains of Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, the late paramount chief of the traditional area is still in the morgue and therefore the stool is still vacant,” he added.

On September 19, 2018 the Ghanaian Times reported that, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II launched his strategic development and welfare agenda for the traditional council.

He pledged to provide jobs for the youth of the traditional area through the modernisation of fishing since majority of its inhabitants were fishermen and fishmongers.

“I will lead the shift from the use of canoes to the use of fibre glass fishing vessels fitted with modern fishing gear, and effective cold storage facility,” he added.

But in a riposte, Nii Addy V said the traditional council has put in place a funeral planning committee to plan for the burial and final funeral rites of the late paramount chief, therefore the council and family would come out with the funeral programme which would be followed strictly.

By Allia Noshie

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