Lepowura M.N.D. Jawula
The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has appointed Lepowura M.N.D. Jawula as the director of its newly-established Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Centre for Traditional Leadership.
A statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of the UPSA said ‘Alhaji Jawula, who is a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, is expected to use his extensive administrative expertise and traditional leadership experience as the Director of the Centre to transform the chieftaincy institution in Ghana.’
Accepting the offer at a short official confirmation ceremony, the former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President said, ‘I am naturally highly enthused at the prospect of heading a newly minted department in a University like UPSA.’
‘As a business university, we have a rare opportunity now to open up the institution to a particular class of people who otherwise would be distanced from academia. I have nursed the ambition of linking the institution of chieftaincy with governance in my own small way.’
He said it was an honour to head the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Centre for Traditional Leadership and promised to bring his experience to bear on the centre.
‘The name of the Centre tells a story because Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, is an iconic figure in his own right and his mode of administration should be emulated by all and sundry, particularly personages within the realm of traditional authority,’ he said.
According to Lepowura Jawula, he expects the Centre to mature fast enough to be of relevance ‘not only to chiefs in Ghana and beyond, but bring in its trail practitioners in traditional precepts.’
‘It’s my expectation that within the coming year, the Centre would become the reference point for tradition and leadership in the West African sub-region and the Mecca of intellectuals in leadership coming out of Europe and North America,’ he noted.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who is the permanent Chair of the Centre, provided a seed-funding of GH¢100, 000.00 towards its establishment.
The Centre, which is the first of its kind in Ghana and the West African sub-region, has been designed to promote the research and community service function of the University.
It will give regular and continuous training to the chieftaincy institution.
Training modules on leadership, governance, conflict management, negotiation and documentation skills to chiefs and other traditional leaders will be provided to enhance the capacity of traditional leaders to enable them lead and manage their resources effectively.
In addition, the Centre will create the platform for thorough research into chieftaincy and traditional leadership issues and host an innovative annual school for dialogue and case sharing among traditional leaders.
By William Yaw Owusu
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