The National House of Chiefs is worried about the reported incidence of skirmishes and rancor at some biometric voter registration centres in some parts of the country.
“This unfortunate incidence does not augur well for our country, especially when much attention is focused on us by the outside world as being the gateway for democratic dispensation in South Sahara Africa.”
Wulugu Naba Pugansoa Naa Prof. John S. Nabila, President of the National House of Chiefs, who said this during the opening of the first general meeting in Kumasi, said as custodians of the land and culture of the country, their wish was to see this year’s general elections devoid of any unfortunate incidents.
“It must be noted that peace is a very vital ingredient for our existence, development and accelerated growth. The relative peace enjoyed in Ghana over the years was as a result of unity, painstaking and tolerance that majority of Ghanaians have embraced and cherished” Naa Prof. President said.
He therefore appealed to political parties, party leaders, foot soldiers among others to remain calm and steadfast and do everything to avoid provocative statements, rivalry and unguided casting of insinuations on their political opponents.
Prof. Nabila urged the media to be wary and circumspect in their reportage to avoid inflamed passions.
Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, who updated the knowledge of the traditional rulers on local government sector initiatives and programmes, said the 46 newly-created districts and municipal assemblies had already been gazetted and would be inaugurated on June 19, 2012.
He said a GH¢42 million-budget had also been set aside to provide the needed administrative infrastructure.
Mr Ampofo said government was implementing programmes to bring development to the people, including the Functional Organization Assessment Tool and District Development Facility, the Urban Poverty Reduction Project, the Urban Environmental Sanitation Project Two, Local Government Capacity Support Project, the Ghana Social Opportunities Project, Local Enterprises and Skills Development Project, the redesigned Ghana School Feeding Programme and the Gender, Youth and Women Empowerment Programme.
The Administrator of Stool and Skin Lands, Mrs Christina Esi Bobobee, briefed the chiefs on the establishment of the Customary Land Secretariat, which is part of the phase two of the Land Administration Project (LAP II).