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Ghanaian Government to collaborate with traditional rulers to enhance development

In December 2016, President Nana Akufo Addo made a promise that his government will develop strategies to get traditional leaders across the country participate more effectively in the governance system.

His reason for this was that there was still a huge gap in the collaboration of political leaders and traditional authorities.

Early this week President Akufo-Addo restated his intent at making the chieftaincy institution an integral part of both national and local governance.

He said elected leaders and traditional rulers have a common goal of ensuring progress and wellbeing of the people and stressed the need for them to work together.

President Akufo-Addo who was speaking at a preliminary session before a closed door meeting with the members of the Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs at the Jubilee House said government was determined to ensure that both parties worked for the benefit of the country.

He said the role of the two institutions was very important and stressed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that the partnership yield positive results.

President Akufo-Addo added that there was the need to ensure cooperation and involvement of chiefs in national issues in order to make the partnership more fruitful.

He said the chieftaincy institution was a unique body that should get involved in addressing the numerous societal challenges, adding that he would ensure that traditional leaders were actively involved in his administration.

Touching on the debate for the establishment of a second chamber made up of traditional leaders, the President said the Government was prepared to support the idea if it was effective and practicable.

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