All Chiefs and Queen mothers within the Bole Traditional Area who have not been gazetted since enskinment have been directed to register their details with the Bolewura secretary, Mr Abdulai Haruna Obey for gazetting processes.
According to the secretary of Bolewura Abdulai Haruna Obey, the instruction is under the auspices of Yiram Bolewura Sarfo Kutugefeso l.
In a statement issued by Abdulai Haruna Obey, he outlined the importance of gazetting chiefs.
He stated that apart from the fact that gazetting of Chiefs is a requirement by Law, and as such must be complied with, there are other benefits derived from this all important exercise.
According to him, it legitimises the position and authority of a person as a chief, and thereby reduces or quells possible attempts by other candidates to lay claim to the stool/skin.
He added that, it empowers the chief to perform statutory functions, that is sitting at committee meetings of traditional councils and houses of chiefs.
It also helps individuals and institutions to know which traditional authority to turn to, or the rightful person to deal with for business transactions within a locality or traditional area,the statement added.
He furthered that, it makes it easier for individuals, private and state institutions/organisations to identify authentic traditional authorities for the purposes of events, programmes, state functions etc.
Furthermore, it enables the government to appoint such chiefs to positions of trust, that is to serve on statutory boards, the statement included.
According to Abdulai Haruna Obey, the National Register of Chiefs that is supposed to contain names of all chiefs in Ghana is maintained by the National House of Chiefs as per section 59 (1) of the Chieftaincy Act.
The registration of traditional authorities is a process which begins at the Traditional Council through the Regional House of Chiefs and ends at the National House of Chiefs. Chieftaincy Declaration (CD) Forms 1A and 1B, as well as a curriculum vitae (CV), is completed by the chief and submitted at the Traditional Council to be vetted/processed.
The forms, together with the minutes of the traditional council meeting, are then forwarded to the Regional House of Chiefs concerned for further examination.
If approved at the Research and Standing Committees’ meeting and, of course, by the full house at a general meeting, the Registrar (Administrative Officer) of the Regional House will complete CD Form 2, add it to the approved CD forms, attach a copy of the minutes of the Regional House meeting and forward it to the National House of Chiefs.
Chiefs and Queen mothers who have not been gazetted within the Bole Traditional Area are therefore required to register their details with Abdulai Haruna Obey at the Bole Customary Lands Secretariat from 8th June to 20th June,2021,to have their names entered into the National Register of Chiefs.