BY JOSEPH NANA YAW COBBINA
Aftermath of chieftaincy litigation and disputes the Teshie Shiketele Nii Ashong Akporh Adjei II, said this has become necessary for the purpose of clarifying the role the traditional councils and house of chiefs in context of the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
According to him, the media have been too hasty and often too ready to give reception to all manner of individuals who hold people integrity only to promote their misguided aims of illegitimate attacks on established institutions and in the process disparage some chiefs who are recognized members of such councils and to cause public outcry from such disinformation.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Weekly Observer in Accra, Nii Ashong Akporh Adjei II hinted that the chieftaincy Act, Individuals who should be considered as chief are defined and the purpose of councils of chiefs also clearly articulated.
Before admission to memberships, chiefs are examined as regards their source of traditional legitimacy, and the customs that have been performed on their enstoolment into office.
Any doubts for and challenges are either taken to judicial tribunals of the councils or the law courts for adjudication. Pronouncement by anyone without lawful credential for such a challenge cannot be entertained.
It is critical that the person should have legitimate standing and be seen to be acting in conformity with the decided process or law that governs chieftaincy affairs.
He explained further that the council has as its members such chiefs and functionaries who have been certified by its research committee, and registered as chiefs.
The committee can veto the submission of anyone presented for recognition when he is deemed to be unqualified or unsuitable and when he does not meet the customary requirements.
All members of the council elders including the acting Dzasetse, Mankralo and Shiketele will present two people from both Ashietey and Ashikwei families to be in-stool has chief but the qualify person need to have educational background, humble and respected lifestyle to be in-stool has the rightful chief and real person.
But hoping by next year by this time there will be chief in Teshie because there are a lot of things that the community need to gain from Government , but because there is no chief the government refused to gave out Eg. Moneys and items for festival commemorating and the lands that the previous administration NPP and than NDC by H.E.J.E. Mills of blessed memory ordered to be released and the current administration H.E. John Dramani Mahama willing to released but the major problem is the chieftaincy issues.
Nii Adjei II appeal to H.E. John Mahama and the MP of Teshie to solved their water problems, Infrastructure, Education system, unemployment, improvement of quality healthcare delivery in the Teshie Township.
He also pleaded with government and Police to ensure violence free come Homowo festive in Teshie community.
He urged the youth and the people of Teshie to unite and love each other to ensure peace in the community during and after the festive.
Nii Akporh Adjei II stressed that there is only three quarter which formed Teshie namely kley,Agbawe, Lenshie and later before Krobo and Gbugblune join the quarters to become five.
He again appeal with the Minister for chieftaincy affairs to follow the activities of the committee set up to sit on Teshie chieftaincy dispute at the Regional House of Chiefs in Dodowa seems the committee is delayed with their report which the deadline given to them has elapsed overdue.