The Paramount Chief of the Nandom Traditional Area and President of the Nandom Traditional Council, Naa Dr Puoure Puobe Chiir VII, will join his ancestors at the Nandom Royal Mausoleum on April 5.
He was the seventh Paramount Chief of the Nandom Traditional Area, son of Naa Puobe Imoru and great grandson of Naa Chiir; and first Paramount Chiefs of the Nandom Traditional Area.
He was born on October 13, 1945 at Nandom in the Upper West Region.
A statement made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra through Professor Edmund Nminyem Delle, a member of the Chiir Royal Family said the late paramount chief whose reign spanned from 1985 until his demise on November 11, 2018 would be laid in state on Thursday April 4, buried on Friday April 5, and memorial service on Saturday April 6.
He attended the Local Authority Middle Day school in Nandom from 1951 to 1958, before proceeding to Government Secondary School in Tamale where, he obtained General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level and Advanced Level.
Naa Dr Puoure Puobe Chiir VII, went to Italy in 1965, where he undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Economics, Commerce and Administration at the University of Vernice, University of Bologna and Graduate School of Administration Faculty of Jurisprudence, obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics in 1976.
After his studies, he worked as a Business Consultant, among other things in charge of some Italian-Sub-Sahara African ventures such as GIFIEX Italia Group of Companies.
He also worked with an Italian Bank-Cassa di’ Risparmio Della Marca Trivigiana, Treviso, Italy (now Gruppo Unicredito Italino Cassamara, Italian Savings Bank).
Prior to working with the Bank, Naa Dr Puoure Puobe Chiir VII worked under Prof. Glampiero Franco as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Venice, Italy.
From 1967 to 1969, he served as General Secretary Overseas Students Coordination (OSCO) for Western Europe (U.K, West Germany, Benelux, Italy.
Naa Dr Puoure Puobe Chiir VII returned to Ghana in 1985 and was enskinned the seventh Paramount Chief of the Nandom Traditional area on May 2, 1985.
His administration of the traditional area was greatly influenced by his European education and lifestyle.
He was frank and blunt, irrespective of the audience and firm in standing by the truth. No wonder the Dagara phrase “a kpolaania le” meaning (that is the pure truth) is attributed to him.
He was a dynamic and charismatic ruler, who projected the good name of Nandom high and attracted great respect to the traditional area and well respected by his subjects and visitors alike across Ghana and globally.
He promoted and maintained peace and greatly influenced the development of the traditional area and the Palace became non-criminal dispute resolution centre among his subjects.
As he rightly described himself, he was a ‘Modern Chief’, educated, and well-versed in tradition as well as in current politics, and a committed ‘ambassador of development”.
He was environmentally conscious, and was probably the first Chief in the Upper West Region to enforce the ban on bush burning for which, Nandom is well recognised.
Very significant during his reign, was the introduction of the popular annual post-harvest Kakube Festival in 1989 to promote culture, peace, unity and homecoming for the people of Nandom.
The festival provided a platform for cultural, social, economic and political renewal and attracted tourists, businesses and scholars to the traditional area. Kakube festival continues to contribute significantly in showcasing the people and traditions of Nandom to the world.
Within the community of Chiefs in Ghana, he was a Founding Member of the Upper West Region House of Chiefs and chaired its Finance and Staff Committee from 1986 to 2012.
He was elected Vice President of the Region’s House of Chiefs from 2008 to 2012, and President of the House from 2012 to 2016.
He was member of the National House of Chiefs from 1989 to 2016, Chairman of Finance and staff Committee from 1992 to 1995 and Member of the Standing Committee for the same period as well as from 2012 to 2016.
He was elected to the high office of Vice President of the National House of Chiefs from 1995 to 2001 and within that period, acted as the President of the House from March 17, 1999 to July 20, 1999, and from 2000 to 2001.
Naa Dr Puoure Puobe Chiir VII played prominent roles in public service and served as Member of the Consultative Assembly that drew up the 1992 Constitution, and elected a Member of the Council of State representing the Upper West Region from 1994 to 2001.
He Chaired many Boards including; the Ghana Forestry Commission from 2000 to 2001, and member from 2014 to 2016, Nandom Hospital Advisory Board and Regional Health Services Committee from 2007 to 2018, and Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Nandom Secondary School and Nandom Vocational School.
He was an active Board Member of the National Desertification Committee from 1999 to 2001, Regional Coordinating Council of Region from 1993 to 2016, Ghana Ethno-Medical Foundation from 1992 to 1996.
A Board Member of Daily Graphic from 1992 to 1993, Regional Social Mobilisation Committee on Child Survival and Development from 1987 to 1993, and Nandom Hospital Advisory Board from 1986 to 1998.
He was an elegant multilingual academic, astute Business Consultant, Banker and Economist, a spirited ruler and a selfless public servant.
He had a great love for Chess and numismatics and was a loving father, grandfather and husband to his children, grandchildren and wives.