THE National House of Chiefs (NHC) has begun moves to reconcile the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and the Techimanhene, Oseadeyo Akumfi Ameyaw IV, over the Tuobodom-Techiman chieftaincy feud.
Last Monday, the standing committee of the House had “fruitful” discussions with the Asantehene, who assured the House of his resolve to continue to promote the development of the chieftaincy institution and ensure peace in the aftermath of the upheavals.
The President of the NHC, Wulugu Naba Naa Pugansoa Prof. John S. Nabila, who made this known, said the standing committee would, on March 27, 2010, hold similar discussions with the Techimanhene.
Naa Prof. Nabila, who was speaking at the first general meeting of the NHC in Kumasi yesterday, expressed the hope that the process would promote reconciliation and find a solution to the problem for the benefit of the nation.
He noted the challenges facing the chieftaincy institution and called for the full co-operation of all chiefs who cherished the role of the institution in the development of the nation.
Naa Prof. Nabila gave the assurance that the NHC would live up to expectation, as stipulated in the 1992 Constitution.
He mentioned inadequate budgetary allocation as one of the challenges facing the House, saying the situation had prevented it from continuing a laudable programme like the codification of lines of succession of chiefs.
“Currently, only 11 of the reports on lines of succession to stools/skins have been converted into draft legislative instruments and these will be presented to the Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture for submission to the Attorney- General for necessary action,” he said.
The NHC President said the various judicial committees within the various houses of chiefs were not functioning well due to lack of funds.
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr Alex Asum-Ahensan, later launched the first edition of the Chieftaincy Bulletin, which is intended to serve as the mouthpiece of the House.
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation funded the publication of the bulletin.
Mr Asum-Ahensan commended chiefs for coming out with the publication and expressed the hope that the publication would help address some of the issues confronting the institution.