Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Chief voices concern about breakdown of traditional system
By: CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, Essikado
THE Omanhene of Essikado, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, has expressed concern about the predicament of the African traditional sytem, saying the African society has broken down because the traditional system had broken down.
Nana Nketsia made the observation when the Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana, Mawuena Dumor, called on him to brief him about the company’s new mission in Ghana.
He said it was crucial that African traditional leaders asserted themselves to provide development driven leadership to improve lives of their people.
Describing chiefs as wheels for nation building, Nana Nketsia said “the chieftaincy institution should be able to provide peace and security which are the conditions for social and economic growth".
He said, “No matter where we are, we need peace.
Politicians will come and go, we’ll still be there. We have sworn an oath that nobody had sworn.
He asked traditional authorities to partner with investors, particularly MTN, to improve the health and education sector which were under serious threat. “We will provide the leadership,” he said.
He expressed delight that three women were executives of MTN and said it was remarkable that Ms Dumor had assumed a leading role in MTN.
“This is remarkable, for women need to pick up their proper role as a driving force in the society,” he said.
Ms. Dumor told the Omanhene that MTN could not assume leadership role in Africa and Ghana without engaging the traditional leadership.
“As we role out our plans, we look forward to seeking your guidance and also engaging you in partnership that will bring value to the people”.
She said that as part of tapping the tremendous opportunities in Africa, MTN would involve more women in its operations.
“This is our African approach,” Ms. Dumor said.
The Ghanaian Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 Page: 16