The former IGP calls on the bosses not to interfere in politics
A former Police Inspector General (IGP), John Kudalor, has warned bosses to get involved in politics if they are to ensure effective transformation and development of their respective communities.
He said engaging bosses in politics would not only bring development to a standstill, it would also deny people the necessary socio-economic progress.
The former IGP was cautious when speaking at a meeting organized by the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Council in Nyakrom, Agona West parish of the central region.
He stated that given their position as traditional rulers and guardians of their respective cities, the chiefs should remain neutral in their day-to-day administration in order to allow their citizens a fair share of the national pie.
The former IGP urged the chiefs to go out of their way to remove negative tendencies that could turn their palaces into courts to rule on cases that could affect them and their people.
Mr. Kudalor was accompanied by Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, former Ambassador to South Africa and former Home Secretary under the regime of President John Mahama.
According to the former IGP, chiefs were employed, or disguised, by their royal families to promote peace and also protect their people while seeking their well-being and endangering the well-being of the masses.
He therefore stressed the need for chiefs to join forces with security chiefs in their cities and areas to help fight crime through the formation of watch dog groups in different cities.
Nana Adu Peseko VII, Gyantuahene of Agona Nyakrom, expressed concern about a biased report defaming some traditional rulers without verifying their facts in the country.
Nana Adu Peseko recently said there was a release from an Accra-based television station about the University of Cape Coast (UCC) near-completed campus currently under construction in Agona Nyakrom.
The report alleged that chiefs, including Omanhene Okofo Katakyi Nyakoh Eku X, the top chief of the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Area, sat aside to allow the project to fizzle out.
Nana Adu Peseko insisted that the UCC campus project in Agona Nyakrom would be funded entirely by the university and not by a government, as has been speculated by the Accra-based television station.
He appealed to media practitioners not to sit in their air-conditioned offices and write stories to defame people.
He said the Agona Nykrom Traditional Council took the publication seriously and tried to embarrass the chiefs, and therefore asked the station to withdraw the story and apologize to the chiefs.
Okofo Katakyi Nyakoh Eku X urged the media not to set a bad agenda and propaganda against chiefs and other high profile figures for cheap political points.
When the chiefs were appointed, the Omanhens advised the kingmakers to occupy the vacant chairs with the rightful candidates in the various cities of the traditional area in order to avoid disputes over the chiefs.
He said the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Council is making desperate efforts to ensure that the area becomes free of disputes between chiefs in order to attract desired projects from the government and other development partners.
The Omanhens therefore warned Ghanaians to strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols by washing their hands, wearing face masks and using alcohol-based hand sanitisers to help curb the spread of the pandemic in the country.