Sunyani, Oct.31, GNA “ The Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs on Wednesday organised a day™s workshop on Chieftaincy and Conflict Resolution to facilitate amicable settlement of disputes to promote and sustain peace in the Region.
The workshop on the theme: śAlternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanismť was sponsored by Konrad Adeneur Stiftung (KAS), a German non-governmental organisation that promotes traditional and good governance in Ghana.
It was attended by about 60 participants including 49 paramount chiefs or their representatives, six executive members of the Brong-Ahafo Region Queen Mothers™ Association and some staff of the House.
Dr Isaac Owusu-Mensah, Programme Officer of KAS, said despite the role of the Judiciary, the chiefs and traditional authorities had a significant role in resolving conflicts in Ghana.
This, he said, was because the Chieftaincy Institution and its traditional court system existed before the advent of modern judiciary in the country.
Dr Owusu-Mensah pledged KAS commitment to empower the chiefs to play their roles more professionally and more acceptable by all the factions involved in conflicts.
He said while ADR ensured that no party would be aggrieved at the end of a mediation or arbitration, it would also reduce pressure on the Judiciary.
Dr Anthony Bonnah-Koomson, Mr George Kafui Agbozo and Mrs Vida Korang of the Marian Conflict Resolution Centre at the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) at Fiapre facilitated the workshop.