The Divisional Chief of Armaah man, Nii Armaah Kwafo II, has been duly elected as the new Acting President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council last week at Mantse Agbonaa in Accra.
This followed the demise of the previous acting President, Nii Ngleshie Addy.
Out of the 39 memberships of the Traditional Council, twenty-four (24) attended the meeting out of which 19 members voted for Nii Armaah Kwafo II, whiles the Adentan Mantse, Nii Ayikwei went home with two (2) votes in his favour.
The Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council is made up of seven quarters or divisions comprising: Adanse, Adedantan, Ajumanku, Anumansa, Bantama, Plernor, and Trom.
Some Chiefs and traditional leaders of the Ga Mashie paid homage to the new acting President at a colourful ceremony that was climaxed with a customary installation session amid the display of traditional regalia, drumming and dancing.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaianvoice in Accra, the new Acting President, proclaimed his acceptance of the position and pledged to work hand in hand to restore hope and bring lasting solutions to chieftaincy disputes that has characterized the image of Ga State.
Nii was hopeful that together with the council they will set in motion plans and strategies to help resolve the many chieftaincy disputes that have characterized the Ga state by way of painting and given it a bad name, stressing that all disputes need not to go to the court as some can can resolved through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Nii expressed his thanks and appreciation to his colleague Chiefs for the confidence reposed in him and asked for their support in full swing which will enable him succeed.
Nii Armaah Kwafo II, further admonished GaDangmes to respect the Chieftaincy Act and the chieftaincy institution, stressing that respect for the institution would engender peace and ultimately promote development.
Nii said every human institution is governed by rules and regulations and anywhere rules and regulations did not work, there was no respect for authority, a situation which affected development.
Nii added that traditional councils are statutory bodies which are governed by rules and regulations and must be accorded respect.
According to him, he had observed, that the Chieftaincy Act is not been respected by some people and they engage in acts to satisfy their selfish interests. That, he said, needed to stop.
“Chiefs are the ones to help develop communities in their traditional areas and fight poverty which is our common enemy. I, therefore, entreat the people of our respective communities to to come together and avoid petty squabbles that would derail the development of our areas and support the traditional leaders for development,” he said.
By: Paul Mamattah