The Paramount Chief of the Nandom Traditional Area, Naa Puoure Puobe Chiir VII, says the traditional council is set to ban the holding of funerals for long periods in the area, adding that a new bye-law to be introduced would limit the holding of funerals to only two days.
According to the Naa Chiir, the ban was to avoid the situation where so much time is wasted on funerals at the detriment of other development issues such as children’s education, farming and trade.
Currently, funerals in the Nandom area are held for five days, but Naa Chiir believes the period needs to be reduced to maximum of two days.
Naa Chiir said this during the donationof educational materials to the Kogle JHS in the Upper West region by Second Lady, Mrs.Matilda Amissah-Arthur, on Monday.
The donation formed part of the Second Lady’s visit to the Nandom area as part of her charity project to support underprivileged schools in the country.
Naa Chiir explained further that because the increasing time and resource wasting in mourning the dead, parents tend to forget about their children’s education.
There is an urgent need to pay serious attention to education, since it’s very critical,” he said, and therefore called for his the understanding and support of the people in the implementation of the new law.
Something that he said has contributed to the fallen standard of education in his area and as a leader of the area he would what he can do best to restore the area back to it status in the area of education.
Naa Chiir said he has as a matter of urgency has personally visited all the schools in his area and has also met with the various PTA to discuss and see the way forward in finding a solution to the problem because it’s very worrying when a schools scores zero percent.
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