May 30, 2024

In a proposal to strengthen the chieftaincy institution and ensure equitable treatment across all levels, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), has made a promise during his nationwide campaign tour for the 2024 general election.

Addressing the Elders and Councilors of the Western North House of Chiefs, Dr. Bawumia unveiled his plan to introduce monthly salaries for Divisional Chiefs and Queen Mothers. This move, he emphasized, aims to enhance the functionality and efficiency of the chieftaincy system, recognizing the integral roles played by Divisional Chiefs and Queen Mothers alongside Paramount Chiefs.

Previously, only Paramount Chiefs received a monthly stipend, which Dr. Bawumia acknowledged as insufficient. He revealed that upon assuming office, the NPP government increased the monthly allowance for Paramount Chiefs from GHS 400 to GHS 1000. However, recognizing the need for further support, Dr. Bawumia proposed including living allowances in the stipend.

Dr. Bawumia emphasized the collaborative nature of chieftaincy, highlighting the vital partnership between Paramount Chiefs, Divisional Chiefs, and Queen Mothers in governance and community development. By extending monthly salaries to Divisional Chiefs and Queen Mothers, Dr. Bawumia envisions a more cohesive and effective chieftaincy institution, poised to drive positive change at the grassroots level.

The proposed initiative is anticipated to bring about significant transformations within the chieftaincy system, fostering greater inclusivity and empowerment among traditional leaders. Dr. Bawumia’s pledge underscores the NPP’s commitment to advancing traditional governance structures and promoting socio-economic development across the nation.

As Dr. Bawumia’s campaign gains momentum, his promise to institute monthly salaries for Divisional Chiefs and Queen Mothers signals a progressive approach toward strengthening Ghana’s traditional leadership framework and ensuring the welfare of its custodians.

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