Saturday, April 14, 2007
Traditional authorities must stop reliance on govt. - Chief
From: WINSTON TAMAKLOE, Anfoega-Glenkor
THE Paramount Chief of Anfoega Traditional Area, Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, has said that the traditional family systems should form the bedrock of traditional governance to strengthen basic family structures and good governance.
“The era when traditional authorities depended solely on central government for socio-economic development of their traditional areas must give way to viable traditional structures for livelihood and sustenance of our people”, he said on Thursday when addressing this year’s ‘Dzadikumanenyo’, an organization for the development of Anfoega Traditional Area in the Kpando district under the theme: “Strengthening basic family structures of Anfoega”.
Togbe Hodo pointed out, however, the traditional authorities were not dismissing the provision of projects by the central government but affirming their role in support for accelerated development.
He hinted that the traditional council is in the process of registering family heads and designing citizenship identification cards in the traditional governance and social mobilization of resources and must not be ignored but brought on board.
“As traditional authorities, we have to move away from parochial to scientific approaches to the needs of our people and sustain them through such innovative ideas”, he said.
In a welcome address, Togbe Gonahe Akompi V, Chief of Anfoega Gblenkor, urged the youth to use the festive occasion to take stock and reflect soberly on what they are, what they intend to become, how far they have come, their strengths and weaknesses and the way forward and desist from merry-making and sexual promiscuity.
He called on the people of the area to bury their differences, cultivate a sense of unity, identity, ingenuity, resourcefulness and self-reliance so as to be able to face all adversities and daunting situations.
Togbe Akompi asked the youth to give the new leadership of the council the needed support and assistance to accelerate the development of the area or have themselves to blame “if they should be coerced and lured to forment trouble by their detractors”.
Professor Gabriel Ameka, president of Annfoega Development Association, said the association had embarked on a mobilization drive for ¢500 million towards projects aimed at alleviating poverty and create wealth.
He, therefore, appealed to the citizens of the area to contribute to the development of the area.
The Ghanaian Times - Saturday, April 14, 2007. Page: 17