Pres calls for an end to 15-year-old Dagbon crisis

President Akufo-Addo(seated, middle) with the chiefs

President Akufo-Addo(seated, middle) with the chiefs

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appealed to the eminent tradtional rulers handling the chieftaincy crises at Dagbon in the Northern Region to quickly find a permanent resolution to the 15-year conflict and, possibly, install a new Ya Na in Yendi before the Damba Festival in December.

While commending the eminent chiefs for the progress so far in the face of numerous difficulties, President Akufo-Addo appealed to the leaders to try as much as possible to give the people of Yendi a new chief before the Damba Festival

President AKufo-Addo said this when the King of Gonja, Tun Tumba Yagbong Wura Boresa Sulemana and the Nayiri Naa Bohigu Abdullai Mahami Sheriga from Mamprugu Traditional Area in the Northern Region visited him separately at the flagstaff House.

The two rulers were invited together with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in 2002 by the then President, John Agyekum Kufuor, to find a lasting solution to the Dagbon chieftaincy conflict between the Abudus and Andanis following the gruesome murder of the then Ya Na.

President Akufo-Addo was confident that the eminent chiefs would bring the 15-year conflict to a permanent closure. He appealed to them to develop a roadmap for a lasting peace in the area and gave the assurance that the government would fully support the leaders to bring peace to the area.

“My understanding is that now, the possibliities for it (peace) are very strong. Peace in Dagbon doesnt just involve Dagbon. It involves the whole Ghana. It is a matter of high national priority to get Dagbon to succeed.”

“We are prepared to support fully, any formula that you (traditional leaders) think will bring lasting peace. it is in the interest of all of us that this matter is brought to a permanent end. I would love to see that this year, by the time of the Damba Festival in December, there is a new Ya Na in Yendi. I am counting on you to help make this happen,” he said.

He appealed to the chiefs and people in the area to come together and support the eminent leaders working to put the chieftaincy matters to a permanent rest.

Touching on plans to create another region in the Northern Region, he said plans were underway to make the creation possible and appealed to the chiefs and leaders to educate their people to actively participate in the process leading to the creation of the new region.

So far, he said Council of State had advised him to go ahead to create the new region and indicated that as per the constitution, a Commission of Enquiry would be constituted to assess when there was a substantial demand to create the region.

He urged the people in the area to work with the Commission of Enquiry and make a strong case to them, indicating why there should be a new region in the Northern Region so that they would make a recommendation to that effect.

“The requirements of the Constitution, when it comes to the referendum are very strict, 50 per cent of the affected area must come out to vote and 80 per cent must vote and agree. Those of us who want a new region, there is a lot of work to be done,” he said.

President AKufo-Addo promised the chiefs and people of Dagbon to construct a teacher’s training college in the area to improve the quality of basic education in the area.

He said the promises he made to Ghanaians to win last year’s election were not made just to win votes but to transform the lives and fortunes of Ghanaians.

The two leaders, in separate addresses commended the President for his commitment to implement policies such as the Free Senior High School, One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, among others and wished him well.

They expressed their commitment to support the President to improve the living condition of the people in their respective traditional areas.

By Yaw Kyei

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