Government Will Not Meddle In Chieftaincy Issues - President Akufo-Addo
| Updated Nov 02, 2017 at 9:13pm
President Akufo-Addo says government will not meddle in the chieftaincy issues in Bawku and other traditional areas.
He said government will derive no benefit from these conflicts and will do everything it can to sustain the peace.
President Akufo-Addo stated this when the Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional Area, Naba Asigri Abugurago Azoka and his sub-chiefs paid a courtesy call on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
President Akufo-Addo promised to resolve the logistical challenges associated with implementation of the Free SHS. He also asked the traditional rulers to check the smuggling of fertilizers in their catchment areas to neighbouring countries.
The visit by the paramount chief of the Bawku Traditional Council and the sub-chiefs is a reciprocal gesture following President Akufo-Addo's visit to Bawku early this year.
The chiefs were in their numbers at the seat of government to thank the President for maintaining the peace in the area and the social intervention programmes being implemented to alleviate poverty.
The chiefs asked President Akufo-Addo to create new districts in Bawku West and Tempane.
President Akufo-Addo referred the creation of the new districts to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama.
He expressed appreciation to the chiefs and people of Bawku for living in peace and harmony. He stated that government has no interest in interfering in chieftaincy issues in the country.
He tasked the chiefs to continue to stay together peacefully to engender development.
President Akufo-Addo said government will not backdown on the implementation of the free SHS and resolved to address the associated infrastructure challenges coming up with the implementation.
The President was optimistic about the success of the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme. He said government will help farmers to benefit from the programme and asked the chiefs to assist government in stopping the smuggling of fertilizers.
The traditional rulers presented a smock to the President as a gift.