By: Albert Kuzor | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Registrar of the Volta Region House of Chiefs, Mr. Harry A. Attipoe has advised chiefs who are fond of bailing persons guilty of social crimes to stop such practice in their various areas.
According to Mr. Attipoe, it is very common in the Volta Region as well as other parts of the country to see chiefs and other key personalities in communities intervening to prevent the law enforcement agencies from dealing with perpetrators.
He said many chiefs nowadays use their powers to prevent the police and courts from playing their roles any time youth in their areas falls foul of the law.
He appealed to the chiefs not to undermine the works of the various law enforcement agencies aimed at deterring wrongdoers in their communities.
He made this known during a sensitisation workshop organised by the Volta House of Chiefs under the auspices of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs in the Hohoe Municipality.
The workshop was aimed at building the capacity of the chiefs, queen mothers, and kingmakers from Lolobi, Akpafu, Likpe, Santrokofi and Gbi traditional arears on how to prevent chieftaincy disputes in their areas.
Mr. Attipoe who was the facilitator at the workshop, advised the chiefs to obey the Constitution and Chieftaincy Acts to enable peaceful environment and reigns.
He advised kingmakers to desist from exchanging the traditions of the people for money and charged them to follow due procedures before installation of chiefs and queen mothers. The participants were also charged to stay away from active politics and social media in chieftaincy issues.
He disclosed that some chiefs in the region lack the financial muscle and called on well-to-do individuals to support their traditional rulers.
Most of the about 120 participants who attended the workshop expressed gratitude to the House of Chiefs and called on the Registrar to continually engage them.
The chiefs also appealed to the government to extend support to their traditional councils, sub and divisional chiefs to enable them play their roles as chiefs.
Similar workshop had been held in about 10 traditional areas and is expected to cover all the 120 traditional councils in the region before 2019.