General News of Thursday, 31 January 2002
Chiefs in the Upper West Region have been advised to negotiate with their various community members to stop expensive funerals and weddings, which impoverish them and deny their children quality education.
Mrs. Florence Bentie Yeyie Sissala District Chief Executive, who gave the advice also called on the chiefs to use their traditional authorities to stem female genital mutilation and other outmoded cultural practices, which serve as an indictment to humanity.
Addressing the chiefs and people of the Gwollu traditional area during the swearing-in ceremony of a 22-member West Sissala traditional council at Gwollu, the DCE said nothing meaningful could be achieved without financial resources and called on chiefs in the area to assist the assembly to generate more income in terms of taxes and other revenue channels.
She pledged the support of the assembly to chieftaincy affairs and urged them to initiate self-help projects in their traditional areas to attract government's support.