President Akufo-Addo has expressed reservation about the growing chieftaincy disputes across the country.
Of particular mention to him was the number of stool disputes in the Eastern Region.
The President expressed the concern when members of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs called on him at the Jubilee House (presidency) yesterday in Accra.
This was after the President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Nene Sakite II, had requested for a direct intervention from the President to help resolve these disputes.
Nene Sakite had said “five out of the 11 paramountcies in the region are inundated with chieftaincy litigations which is affecting the activities of the House,” and added that “we are therefore, soliciting for your (President) assistance in settling these numerous litigations which has become a national security threat in my opinion.”
To address the issue, President Akufo-Addo said his administration will find resources for the Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs to support their efforts in resolving these issues.
“I think that finding the resources to empower the Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious has to be a priority for us,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He was of the belief it was one of the major stumbling blocks to the rapid resolution of these conflicts and disputes.
The chiefs commended the President and his government in their efforts to protect the environment, and appealed to all Ghanaians to rally behind the President and his government to ensure that various parts of the country will continue to witness massive developments in the years to come.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu