Chief Tells Gov’t To Consult Traditional Leaders On Boundaries Before Creating MMDAs

Nii Afotey Gbetse VI, Chief of Asoprotsonaa
Nii Afotey Gbetse VI, Chief of Asoprotsonaa

Nii Afotey Gbetse VI, Chief of Asoprotsonaa in the Tema West Municipality has called on the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and politicians to consult traditional leaders on land boundaries.

Nii Gbetse said consulting the various traditional leaders would enable the government to have clear boundaries for the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies.

He gave the advice when issues of the boundary dispute between Tema West Municipal Assembly (TWMA), Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), and, Adentan Municipal Assembly were raised during a General Assembly Meeting of the TWMA by Assembly Members.

“I will suggest that when it’s getting to demarcations, you must also involve traditional leaders for consultation because I am sure that if these things were done earlier issues like these misunderstanding that often occurs between Assemblies would not happen,” he said.

He added that “we can tell you that this land is part of Nungua, Tema, Adentan, among others, let’s not forget that in some countries such things bring about civil wars.”

Assembly members had complained about the numerous boundary disputes existing within their electoral areas, and between the TWMA and other sister Assemblies, and therefore called on their Member of Parliament to file a question in Parliament for the sector Minister to answer.

Responding to the questions and advice from the traditional ruler, Mr. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Tema West Member of Parliament said the counseling from the Chief was in order.

He said it was in the right direction stating that political demarcations such as the creation of the new regions had brought some boundary issue due to the lack of prominent consultation of traditional leaders.

Mr. Ahenkorah said, “it is a pathetic situation, and probably next time when these things are going to be done, the traditional authorities will have to be featured more prominently and explanations given with regards to allegiances to stools and some cultures to be maintained.”

He said for instance the land earmarked to be used for the construction of a stadium at Borteyman in the Tema West Municipality for the 2023 Olympic Games was now being claimed to be under the Adentan Municipality adding that the said project has been halted, while the Legon stadium would be completed for the games.

He urged the Assembly to consult the traditional leaders and compile a composite list of all its boundary-related issues for him to present to parliament for answers to be sought from the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

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