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AG, the Ministry of Chieftaincy must constantly engage the chiefs to make them aware of their role – Isaac Agongo

The Bolga Central MP urged the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame and Chieftaincy Minister, Ebenezer Kojo Kum, to sensitize chiefs on their roles.

According to Mr. Isaac Agongo, this is because new chiefs are appointed regularly, so education and sensitization will help them become familiar with their roles as mandated by the 1992 Constitution.

“I think the Attorney General’s Department and the Ministry of Chieftaincy should have a deliberate program of engaging our chiefs and sensitizing them,” he said.

Mr. Agongo made the remark while contributing to a discussion on JoyNewsNewsfile Saturday.

The call comes after the Kumasi Traditional Council asked Oyerepa FM, a radio station located in Kumasi, to stop broadcasting on Friday, August 26, until further notice.

Acting Chairman of the Council, Baffuor Amankwatia VI, who is the Bantamahene, made the announcement when a team from Oyerepa FM and TV appeared before the Traditional Council to apologize for remarks made by Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ against Manhyia on their network.

Traditional chiefs in the Ashanti region have been criticized by Odike, a guest on a political talk show on Oyerepa FM, for failing to fight illegal mining.

He accused the chiefs of helping galamsey as they watched indifferent as forests and water bodies were destroyed.

The Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), Prof. Henry Kwasi Prempeh also called on the state to draw clear lines between its sovereign powers and those of traditional authorities.

According to him, if this is not done, traditional authorities can cross their borders in the exercise of the powers conferred on them.

The law professor said that under the 1992 Constitution, traditional authorities have some power to govern matters in their respective jurisdictions.

The exercise of these powers, he said, must however be regulated by the state to avoid excesses and abuses.

Citing the closure of Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM by the Kumasi Traditional Council, he said: “The state in these matters does not appear to be asserting its sovereignty. So when these things happen, the state becomes like a spectator, it’s like a spectator, watching these things happen”.

The businessman and politician has threatened to lead the youths to stage a massive protest against Manhyia if the galamsey threat continues.

The Traditional Council of Kumasi was offended by this remark and said it was a form of rebellion against Asanteman, hence Odike was banned from accessing Manhyia.

In accordance with the directive of the Council, Oyerepa FM closed its doors on Friday August 26, 2022.