Dr Danaa noted that the absence of queen-mothers on the platform of Houses of Chiefs in Northern Ghana especially, was worrisome, and said the opinions of women could not be ignored, adding that it was necessary for the voices of queen-mothers to be heard.
He said the Better Ghana Agenda of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is to ensure that the chieftaincy administration was facilitated to contribute to national development which undoubtedly includes the contributions of Queen-mothers on the floor of Houses of Chiefs.
The Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs Minister who made these remarks when he addressed this year™s Annual General Meeting of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs, pointed out that the role of chiefs was paramount to the peace and development of the country and acknowledged that when chiefs™ capacity is strengthened, it would result into good performance.
He said if chiefs were empowered, areas where there are no police duty stations, they could perform well in the administration of peace and security.
He indicated that until the chieftaincy institution remodeled some of its customs to reflect modern trends, life within chiefdom would remain the same every day, and said in order to sustain the institution, chiefs ought to play significant roles to bring the needed change to reflect modern needs.
The Chieftaincy Minister assured the House of efforts being made to improve on allowances for Chiefs.
Ajhaji Limuna Mohammed- Muniru, Upper East Regional Minister, urged the Chiefs to be more apt and use their offices to curb incidences of conflicts within their traditional areas.
He said by virtue of their positions, Chiefs could not distance themselves from social conflicts, and tasked them to endeavour to reduce poverty in their traditional areas, by getting connected to some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), to bring in some income generating activities to engage the people, especially women.
He further charged the Chiefs as key development partners, to use their authorities to influence the eradication of questionable and inappropriate cultural practices that were inimical to the well being of their subjects.
Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru appealed to the Chieftaincy Minister to come out with deliberate succession plans for the institution to prevent vacant skins from being bedeviled with litigation and lawlessness.
He also called for a nationwide improvement of the institution by providing logistics and giving facelift to offices of Traditional Councils and other Chieftaincy Institutions in the country.
Naa Sugri Bewong, Paramount Chief of the Sekoti Traditional Area and Chairman of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs welcomed the chieftaincy Minister to the region and appealed to government to renovate the offices of the Regional House of Chiefs and its guest house which were in deplorable state.
He appealed for means of transport for Chiefs in the region to ease their travel times and avoid waiting in public places for transport to attend meetings and public functions.