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Chieftaincy Act to be amended to include traditional rulers in decision making process

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The minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng, has disclosed plans by the ministry to amend parts of the Chieftaincy Act. This move will allow Chiefs and Queen mothers to participate in the country’s decision making process.

Mr Asamoah Boateng acknowledged the pivotal role traditional rulers played in shaping national discourses and cohesion. He emphasized the need to include them in the formulation of policies and programs towards national development and cohesion.

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Speaking at the final funeral rights of the late Paramount Chief of Adele traditional Area, Nana Opoku Anto III, at Tutukpene in the Nkwanta South district of the Oti region, Mr Asamoah Boateng lauded the chiefs and people for maintaining peace in the area over the years. He also pledged his ministry’s continuous collaboration with the chiefs and queens of the area to ensure development.

The minister further stated that his outfit was aware of the processes began by the late chief to get all his sub-chiefs gazetted before his demise, and promised the ministry’s commitment in ensuring that the process continued.

For the most part, traditional rulers have been relegated to ceremonial roles, with little input in governance processes. This has often led to a disconnect between traditional leadership and the state. The proposed amendment of the Chieftaincy Act, if implemented, will give traditional rulers a greater sense of involvement in governance processes.

Inclusion of traditional rulers in decision making processes is a laudable initiative that will promote better understanding, communication and cooperation between the state and traditional authorities. It is hoped that this move will strengthen the relationship between traditional rulers and the state and bring about meaningful development in the country.

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