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Re-structure the Northern Region – House of Chiefs

By
Frederica Kyeremateng, GNA

Tamale, July 30, GNA – The Yagbonwura Tuntumba
Bore Essa I, President of the Northern Region House of Chiefs, has called for
the re-structuring of the Northern Region into manageable units to ensure
effective administration.

He said some of the challenges facing the
region were attributable to its large size, coupled with the lack of
infrastructure, which posed daunting administrative difficulties.

Yagbonwura Tuntumba Bore Essa I said the
creation of a region or regions out of the Northern Region should take into
consideration the diverse ethnic groups as well as people’s fears that the
re-structuring will alienate them and lead to loss of lands which are the
treasured possessions of the chiefs and the people.

He said this in a speech read on his behalf at
the first general meeting of the House of Chiefs for the year 2017 aimed at
deliberating on pertinent issues affecting the region and to find solutions to
some problems in the area.

The advocacy for the creation of Regional and
National Houses of Queen Mothers and women groups in the country has led to the
decision to include queen mothers in the Regional and National Houses of
Chiefs 

Chiefs who did not have queen mothers were,
therefore, advised to enskin them in view of the recent development of the
inclusion of queen mothers and women chiefs into the National and Regional
Houses of Chiefs.

Each Regional House was to have five queen
mothers out which two were to be elected to the represent the region at the
National House of Chiefs, after the Chieftaincy Act and Constitution of the
Houses of Chiefs had been amended to suit the purpose.

Mr Salifu Saeed, the Northern Regional
Minister, in a speech read on his behalf, urged the chiefs to continue
maintaining peace in their respective jurisdictions because it was through
peace that development in the region could be attained.

He said government would continue to stay out
of chieftaincy matters and support the House of Chiefs to develop the region
and expressed the hope that the House of Chiefs would resolve these issues by
negotiating with warring factions and also liaising with the Regional Security
Council.

Mr Saeed called on the chiefs to support to
the Commission of Enquiry to create a new region to reduce the burden of
administration.

GNA

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