Nana Addo Increases Allowances Of Chiefs By 100%

GOVERNMENT has announced a hundred per cent increase in the sitting allowance paid to members of the National House of Chiefs.

Instead of the usual Ghc500 per sitting for Nananom, the government has increased the allowance to Ghc1,000 for chiefs and moved the allowances of Queen mothers Ghc350 to Ghc800.

This was announced in Takoradi by the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, at a meeting with members of the Regional House of Chiefs.

The Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development Dan Kweku Botwe, and the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, had visited the Western Region to lobby the traditional rulers to support the decentralisation program of government.

Key in the program is the plan to embark on realignment of regions to open up Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies across the country.

Addressing the traditional rulers at the Regional House of Chiefs, the sector Minister explained that the Western Region was one of the regions being considered for realignment.

According to him, the size population, and geographical disposition makes the regional eligible for the exercise. Consequently, he asked the traditional leadership to rally behind government to execute the program to the benefit of residents.

He said when completed, the impact of the regional reorganization, will reflect in the overall development of the regions and the welfare of Ghanaians.

On his part, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, called for concerted effort to expand the existing collaboration between the government and traditional leadership.

He promised to run an open door policy required to assist in addressing the challenges confronting the chieftaincy institution.

He assured the chiefs of the commitment of government to improve the conditions of members of the house of chiefs.

Awulae Annor Adjaye, Paramount Chief of Benyin Traditional Area, and President of Western Nzema traditional area, welcomed the moves made by the government to evenly distribute and spread development across the country.

Western Regional Minister Dr. Kwaku Owusu Afriyie, who hosted the two Ministers, in an address touted the resource potential of the region which, he said, would inure to the benefit of the people if effective decentralisation program was carried out by government.

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