Nana Kobina Kwan II, Gyasehene of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council (GATC) has bemoaned the interference of politicians in chieftaincy affairs in Ghana, calling for an end to the phenomenon.
Speaking at this year’s Ahoobaa Kese festival for the people of Gomoa Assin of the Central region, he indicated that politicians over the period have meddled in chieftaincy issues to suit their own political interests, resulting in the weakening of their authority.
He added that, chieftaincy follows a tradition which is sacrosanct and therefore should not be destroyed.
He explained that politicians interfere in the enstoolment of chiefs in recent times; pushing support to those they imagine would perpetuate their interest, though those individuals might not be the rightful candidates.
He asserted that, chiefs have a lot to offer in our quest to address most of the challenges facing Ghana, such as sanitation and law enforcement.
He reiterated that most chieftaincy disputes erupt as a result of some of these interferences.
He therefore advised politicians and all stakeholders to help strengthen the chieftaincy institution by allowing its independence and rather support the path of truth.
In another development, he advised Ghanaians to rally behind the government by supporting its flagship Free Senior High School programme.
He admitted that there was no broader consultation by the implementers; however he implored Ghanaians to rather do the best they can to help the programme succeed.
He also indicated that, school dropout rate risks increasing, due to the numbers that would graduate at the Senior High School (SHS) level.
He said with the existing universities which already are unable to absorb all SHS graduates, are not enough for the numbers that the Free SHS would produce.
As such, he is advising the government to support individuals to establish more private universities to augment the existing ones, and also advised Ghanaians to develop the habit of entrepreneurship.
He pointed out that unemployment rate would sky rocket, with the numbers that would eventually comeout of the universities due to Free SHS, especially when no additional industries are being created, and advised graduates to think of a way of creating businesses that can employ others.