The King of Asante, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu II, has been praised by the Chieftaincy and Religious Minister, Hon. Stephen Asamoah Boateng, for consistently assisting the NPP administration in its efforts to ensure peace in every community around the nation.
Speaking to the media after discussing the simmering tensions in Bawku with the King at the Manhyia Palace, the Minister said he was optimistic that once Otumfuo had agreed to mediate, a solution for peace would be found quickly.
The Minister described how the Asante Overlord had led many calm conversations with the nation’s conflicting groups.
‘’The peaceful resolution of the Dagbon Conflict about three years ago which had threatened the peace of the area for more than two decades was brokered by the King and I am sure that once Otumfuo has agreed to play a leading role in the resolution of the Bawku conflict peace would soon be found’’, Hon Boateng stated.
According to the Minister, chieftaincy is the center of around 70% of the conflicts that are occurring in the nation.
He pointed out that as a result, the Ministry and Traditional Council must immediately find a solution to put a stop to the problem.
The Minister stated that as a preventative measure, his Ministry will work with stakeholders to develop a codification system where the line of succession in traditional settings would be clearly spelled out since that is the primary cause of problems.
‘’I would be seeking audience with the traditional authorities for us to seek an amendment in the Chieftaincy act to prohibit cases in the Chieftaincy arena to be settled in court and additionally we would codify the succession plan for chiefs so that when they move on or pass on conflicts could be avoided’’, the Minister intimated.
The Asantehene prayed earlier in the day for the Chieftaincy Minister to be successful in his new position as Minister dealing with both traditional authorities and religious institutions.
He remarked that Hon. Boateng possesses the skills, wisdom, and disposition necessary to lead the Ministry and urged him to remain focused on his job.
However, the King requested that the Minister provide the National and Regional House of Chiefs employees and workers with excellent care in order to motivate them to fulfill their jobs effectively.
The Asante King said, “Governments haven’t taken care of staff at the National and regional houses of chiefs properly, and that affects morale. But I trust you, my grandson, to work to make sure the right thing was done.”