LISTEN 2 HOURS AGO 1 COMMENT When almost a quarter of the world’s population is in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, readers may wonder is it the time for Appiah to write this rejoinder? For those readers who may have misgivings about the timing of this rejoinder do accept my sincere apologies. I have been out of action for some time and missed the 17/11/2019, article written by Kwame Okoampa Ahofe Jnr accusing Togbe Afede X1V as a “serial loser”.
I sincerely apologise on behalf of my ailing mother whom I am currently caring for on full time basis in UK, and all those suffering from the corona virus for my write-up. Sorry, it had to be done to clear the air and set the records straight.
I believe at this critical time the voices of traditional authority would and should be crucial in stemming the spread of the virus. It is therefore important that all of us respect the elected President of the National House of Chiefs and traditional authority, as they seek to work with central government to enlighten us on the effect/impact of coronavirus.
With this in mind, it is my contention that the President of the National House of Chiefs (NHoC)has an important role to play. Moreover, the role of the NHoC is enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
Brief role of the National House of Chiefs
Let us examine in a paragraph or two the constitutional role of the National House of Chiefs. The role of the National House of Chiefs (NHoC) is enshrined in our constitution and Article 271(para1) states: “There shall be a National House of Chiefs. When we skip down to Article 272(a) it states “The National House of Chiefs shall advise any person or authority charged with any responsibility under this constitution or any other law for any matter related to or affecting chieftaincy.
As Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11 clearly espoused “Chiefs must be giving a central role in the administration of Local Government” before NPP/NDC/CPP/NDP there were chiefs. It goes without saying that all our institutions at all times must be respected, strengthened, supported and valued.
All of us, have a life span but our children, grand, great grandchildren can only inherit and build on solid institutional foundations if we lay the bricks right and prove that we are worthy to keep the fort for the next generation.
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