Reverend Father Clement Aapengnuo, the Executive Director of Centre for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CECOTAPS) has stated that Chiefs in the Upper West Region hold the keys to the prosperity of the region.
According to him, chiefs have a key role to play to better the lives of the people in the region noting that the chieftaincy institution is next to God as they are custodians of culture and tradition of the people. He said that the chieftaincy institution defines how a society should be run.
Reverend Father Aapengnuo was speaking in Wa on Thursday at a land tenure advocacy forum with the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs. The forum was organized by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). He said the practice where politicians today dictate to chiefs should not be encouraged.
MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, they partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world.
Reverend Father Clement Aapengnuo further stated that traditionally before governments were formed, the chieftaincy institution was the central point for peace, security and development.
He said the chieftaincy institution is hopelessly divided with conflicts and there is the need for them to review their constitution as the old systems they operated in the 30’s are no longer relevant.