General News of Thursday, 14 June 2018
Mr Harry Anthony Attipoe, Registrar of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, has praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his desire to see chieftaincy disputes reduced to the barest minimum across the country.
He said the President’s passion to see the chieftaincy institution devoid of unnecessary conflicts instigated the sensitisation workshops currently going on in the Volta Region for players in the chieftaincy arena on appropriate and peaceful lines of succession.
The Volta House of Chiefs, under the auspices of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, is undertaking the programme designed to cover all the 120 traditional areas in the region.
Mr Attipoe, the sole resource person so far for the programme, has already covered the Akyode, Mafi, Battor and Mepe traditional areas 150. He disclosed to the media that attendance at the workshops which began in May, had been encouraging.
In all the traditional areas he went, the experienced administrator educated attendants on the processes of nomination, selection, confinement, outdooring, registration and gazetting of traditional rulers.
He also lectured participants on the process for destoolments of chiefs and queenmothers, highlighted in Articles 275 and 276 of the 1992 constitution
Mr Attipoe explained that Article 275 bordered on crimes such as stealing, robbery and treason while Article 276 was explicit on non- participation of a chief or queen mother in active politics.
During the workshop at Mepe, Mr Attipoe applied his rich experience to resolve an old chieftaincy dispute in the area.
He pointed out that many chiefs and queenmothers, after participating in the workshops, applauded the President of the Republic for the opportunity to learn and be abreast with happenings in the chieftaincy arena.