A four-day leadership workshop organised by the Otumfuo Centre for Traditional Leadership (OCTL), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) for traditional leaders is underway in Accra.

wpid-wpid-Otumfuor-Osei-Tutu-II1.jpgThe workshop, the first for the Centre, is being organised as part of preparatory works towards the grand launch of the OCTL next August.

Participants include paramount and divisional chiefs, and staff of the various traditional councils in the country.

The OCTL, which is one of the four Centres of Excellence, was established by the UPSA, to spearhead the development and modernization of the chieftaincy institution in Ghana.

Professor Anthony K. Ahiawodzi, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, UPSA, in his opening remark said the Centre sought to harness the traditional leadership role to promote good governance and to provide the platform for thorough research into chieftaincy and traditional leadership issues.

He said the role of traditional rulers in the nation?s socio-economic development could not be over-emphasized; describing them as the custodians of Ghana?s rich cultural heritage.

He said the nation could not make strides in its development agenda, when the role of traditional rulers was played down.

Prof Ahiawodzi lauded Prof Joshua Alabi, the Vice Chancellor of UPSA, for turning round the fortunes of the University, which had earned it an enviable status on the globe.

Lepowura Alhaji Mohammed Nuru-Deen Jawula, the Consulting Director of the OCTL, said chiefs must be given their right place in the country.

He urged government to empower traditional leaders with adequate resources and the rightful tools to enable them to deliver.

?You give us a House of Chiefs, which is having leaking roofs. We are enskinned or enstooled; but you don?t give us the tools to work with,? he stated.

He praised traditional rulers for being very supportive to both past and present governments, in promoting the peace, stability and the nation?s socio-economic development.

Dr Mohammed Sani Abdullah, the Director of Technology, UPSA, called for the digitization of African folktales, in order to preserve them.

He urged the various traditional councils to set up their own websites, twit and facebook accounts, to help propagate their own values.

Prof Goski Alabi, the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, UPSA, said research findings showed that most traditional rulers in the country had no knowledge in land management; although they were the custodians of the land.

The Dean observed that lands belonging to traditional areas did not have maps, and that they continued to use landed features such as rivers and trees to demarcate their land boundaries.

She said the workshop would equip participants in the areas of land administration and management.

Nii Adjei Kraku, Tema Mantse, praised UPSA for organizing the workshop, and said it would enhance the performance in the administration of their traditional areas.



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