Project On Outmoded Cultural Practices Launched In N/R

THE Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, has launched a Gh¢1million project, to eliminate outmoded customary practices in the Northern Region.

The project, which was initiated by the ministry and sponsored by the government of the US, is to help reduce the maltreatment of people in the region through cultural practices.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Gene Cretz, speaking at a general meeting of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs in Tamale yesterday, said the US government was committed to improving the welfare of people, especially the less privileged.

He lamented that some people in Ghana, particularly those in the northern part, were made to suffer all kinds of humiliation and degradation, in the name of culture.

Mr. Cretz called for the abolition of obsolete cultural practices, such as ex-communication of people accused of witchcraft, which affects their dignity and welfare.

He said it was not the intention of the US government to change the cultural practices or beliefs of Ghanaians, but the move was to ensure that the human rights of all human beings were protected and respected.

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr Henry Seidu Danaa, who launched the  project, said

there was the urgent need to eliminate all cultural practices that were inimical to the welfare of the people, and enforce human rights laws.

Dr. Danaa said the ministry would seek support from institutions to strengthen the chieftaincy institution, to make it relevant to society.

He said the ministry was planning to organise seminars to sensitise chiefs and the people on laws that govern the chieftaincy institution.

Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru, Northern Regional Minister, said the project would help the chiefs in the region to protect the underprivileged.

“I hope chiefs would take the opportunity to prove to skeptics that the chieftaincy institution is ready to take the appropriate steps for the betterment of the people,” he said.

Alhaji Muniru said cultural practices should be reformed to meet the aspirations of members of the modern society.

The President of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, Nayiri Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, commended the US government for supporting efforts to eliminate outmoded cultural practices.

He said the house would welcome any initiative by any individuals or groups towards the development of the region.

In a related development, the US Ambassador donated educational materials to Gnani Primary School in the Yendi Municipality.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.

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