WR members on Council of State to handle Chieftaincy issues in the Region
Takoradi, July 23, GNA – Three members of the Council of State from the Western Region have pledged commitment to ending the feud on who leads the Western Regional House of Chiefs.The election of the President of the Regional House of Chiefs sparked lots of internal disagreement after the House failed to accept the election of Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, Omanhene of Wassa Akropong as Head of the House over Awulae Amihere Kpanyile of Western Nzema Traditional Council.This has resulted in several court cases which are yet to be settled.The three members of the Council – Mrs Alberta Cudjoe, Mrs Eunice Buah and Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi who were disheartened and saddened by the turn of events at the Regional House of Chiefs, gave the assurance after engaging the traditional authorities in the Western Region as part of a three-day familiarization tour of the Western Region.Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, who is also the President of the National House of Chiefs and a member of the Council of State expressed disappointment at the turn of events in the WR House of Chiefs.He retorted, “I am surprised at what is happening…I was the President of the House until the creation of the Western North Region…how come the election of a successor should end in the law court”?.The Council member added, “there are too many development issues to worry about which calls for oneness to handle and not divisiveness…see how our roads are overwhelmed by floods each time it rains, we need to unite for development”.Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II said they would employ all mitigating measures to ensure that parties came into a compromise.Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah, noted that disunity, misunderstanding among traditional leadership was a key contributor to the lack of development in the Region.”The roads need to be fixed, there are jobs and other issues but whom do you liaise with among the traditional leadership to get these things done”?Ms. Buah, therefore, called on them to rethink their position and allow peace to prevail for development.Ms. Alberta Cudjoe, who almost shed tears, affirmed the need for peace among the leadership, adding, “I believe as a mother, when I call on them together with my sister Jacqueline Buah, we will have a permanent solution to this problem”.Nana Otuo Siriboe II, the Omanhene of New Juaben and Chairman of the Council of State said there was no glory in protracted litigation and called for dialogue among the feuding parties.Mr. Ebenzer Kojo Kum, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs lamented, ” I was thinking that as an indigene of the Western Region and a Minister in charge of the Sector, such a misunderstanding should not come from my Region…” and pleaded with the Council of State to engage with them for settlement to aid in development”.