Agyewodin Professor Adu Gyamfi Ampem II, Paramount Chief of the Acherensua Traditional Area on Wednesday said the country is passing through difficult economic times and that traditional rulers ought to play their part to help stabilize the economy.
He said though the 1992 constitution does not allow traditional rulers to engage in active partisan politics, chiefs would have to sit up and offer constructive criticisms when the need arises.
Agyewodin Prof Gyamfi Ampem said this when Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa, Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, paid a courtesy call on him at Acherensua.
The Minister is on a one-week working visit to some Traditional Councils in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
Agyewodin Prof Gyamfi Ampem emphasized that in the contemporary democratic governance, traditional rulers could not sit down unconcerned, when things are not moving in the right direction.
He observed that aside the responsibility of fostering unity and social cohesion, chiefs had other useful roles to play in national governance and was optimistic that they could do that without political interferences.
Agyewodin Prof Gyamfi Ampem noted that the future generation would not spare traditional rulers who failed to play their respective roles towards national development, and urged chiefs to be bold enough to speak their minds on issues of national interest.
At the Kenyasi Number Two Traditional Area, Odeneho Dadeako Nsiah Ababio, the Omanhene, appealed to the ministry to intervene in the issue of the payment of mineral royalties by the government, which had been in arrears for almost two years.
He observed with regret that the monthly allowances for paramount chiefs and grants to traditional councils were woefully inadequate to meet the daily activities of the councils.
Dr Daanaa said government?s allocation alone would not be enough to resource the traditional councils and asked the chiefs to find alternative means of generating funds locally.
He said the Ministry was doing everything possible to position the chieftaincy institution in a way that traditional rulers would be more enlightened and contribute immensely to national development.
Dr Daannaa emphasised that the government and for that matter the chieftaincy Ministry would continue to have regular contacts with traditional rulers and share ideas on policies that would facilitate accelerated national development. GNA