He said considering the sanctity of the chieftaincy institution, coupled with the significant role they play in the socio-economic development of the nation, there was the need for them to live above reproach and that would also help restore the people’s confidence in the chieftaincy institution.
The Minister said this at a two day capacity training workshop for the staff of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, held in Bolgatanga.
“You must therefore be very discreet, transparent and above all professional. You must live beyond reproach and do not give course for people to suspect or doubt your integrity,” the Minister stressed.
The Regional Minister who commended the Regional House of Chiefs for the relative peace the Region was currently enjoying, called on the house to work hard to address those protracted chieftaincy disputes in the Region to pave way for accelerated development.
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr Seidu Daana, stated that the Chieftaincy administration had some challenges, and explained that the purpose of the training was to help build the capacities of the staff of the House of Chiefs to help address those challenges.
He stated that in spite of the challenges facing the chieftaincy institution, it had made some significant strides and mentioned for instance that the National House of Chief had been able to dispose off many of the cases that were brought before for it for resolution.
He stated that as part of measures to help address some of the challenges, the chieftaincy administration had employed fresh hands including Registrars and Councilors and expressed the optimism that all the issues pending before the National House of Chiefs would be addressed in due course.
The participants were taken through the Chieftaincy Act, how to fill the Chieftaincy Declaration Forms, Research Work, Office Ethics and Office Practices among others.