Minister cautions against chieftaincy contractors

Ama Benyiwa-Doe

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs Ama Benyiwa Doe, has cautioned people she described as “chieftaincy contractors” to desist from fanning chieftaincy disputes when festivals were approaching.

She said activities of such people were thwarting development of the communities.

Addressing a grand durbar of chiefs and people of Mankessim to climax the celebration of Borbor Mfantse Akwanbo festival, she said chieftaincy issues had become annual rituals which surfaced when festivals were approaching.

Mrs Benyiwa Doe said when that happened hard-earned monies meant for development had to be spent on lawyers and in maintaining security.

She appealed to Ghanaians to give peace a chance to facilitate the “Better Ghana Agenda” of the President Mills’ administration.

She said communities that were engulfed in chieftaincy litigation would not be able to have a feel of the “Better Ghana” and appealed to chiefs to bury their differences and unite to work to develop their areas.

Mrs Benyiwa Doe expressed concern about the rate at which taxis were being seized from their drivers and said because the security services in the cities had stepped up efforts to clamp down on criminals they had found solace in the rural areas and urged the people to be on their guard.

She appealed to Ghanaians to elect more women to the district assemblies and to give equal attention to the district level elections as they did to the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Nana Opoku Acquaah II, Mankrado of Mankessim Traditional Area, expressed concern about the harm chieftaincy disputes was causing to the town and appealed to all well-meaning citizens to help to resolve the problem.

He appealed to the Mfantseman Municipal Assembly to pay some percentage of revenue from the Mankessim Market to the Traditional Council to undertake their programmes.

Mr George Kuntu Blankson, the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman East, said funding was being sought to convert the market at Mankessim into a modern market with facilities such as day care centre, a bank and recreation centre.

Source: GNA

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