Kingmakers cautioned to avoid using code for deskinment or destoolment

Traditional rulers
Traditional rulers

Traditional authorities and king makers in the Upper West Region have been cautioned against using infringement of code of ethics for chiefs as grounds to deskin or destool chiefs.

Naa Puoure Puobe Chiir, President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, who made the call, said the code only served as a guide for the daily activities of traditional rulers.

He explained that the code was to ensure that chieftaincy maintained its dignity as its future depended on how its occupants handled their position.

Naa Chiir, who is also Paramount Chief of Nandom, was speaking at the general meeting of the Regional House of Chiefs at Wa on Tuesday.

He thanked the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Dr Henry Daanaa, Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, for making the publication of the code possible.

Naa Chiir announced that the House would soon launch an endowment fund to solicit funds for its effective functioning without waiting for government subvention.

He mentioned the lack of legal support for the House to dispose of the numerous chieftaincy disputes before it, the uncompleted building of the Regional House and the bad state of major roads in the area as challenges facing the House and people.

Dr Ephraim Avea Nsor, Upper West Regional Minister, pledged his support for the steps being taken by the chiefs to address environmental degradation in the region through the establishment of a sub-committee of the House to take care of the situation.

He said: “The issue of desertification and climate change is real and we must all put our shoulders to the wheel and protect the environment. The initiative taken by the House is laudable and deserves commendation”.

Dr. Nsor appealed to chiefs to use time-tested traditions and customs in resolving disputes, particularly those relating to succession that could result in violence.

Members of the House expressed the hope that the Regional Coordinating Council, Municipal and District Assemblies and Members of Parliament in the region would contribute to the endowment fund when it is launched.

Source: GNA

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