The Dagbon Traditional Council has reiterated its resolve not to cede any land within the Dagbon Traditional Area in the Northern Region especially Chereponi to any yet-to-be-created region
At a press conference in Tamale on Friday, the Traditional Council accused some politicians of attempting to pull strings behind the scenes aimed at ensuring the that Chereponi which is their main subject of contention becomes part of the proposed North-East Region.
Though they refused to mention the name of the politician or which political party the person belongs, they maintained their stance as declared in December last year that no land under the jurisdiction of the Dagbon Traditional Council can be taken away from them reminding the sector Minister, Dan Kwaku Botwe of what they told him during one of their interactions.
“We are aware of the use of deception, chicanery, and subterfuge in procuring signatures or thumbprints of some chiefs in Dagbon under the guise that government by an executive fiat has added their districts to different regions. The Dagbon Traditional Council has particularly taken note of the actions of some politicians who have given unrealistic promises to some Chiefs and People of Chereponi District, the realization of which promises, if attempted, will only go to sow a new dimension of the conflict in our already delicate Traditional Area.
Read the full text of their address below:
It has come to the attention of the Dagbon Traditional Council that behind the scene efforts are being made to cede part of Dagbon, specifically, Chereponi, to become part of the proposed North-East Region. Despite the unequivocal statement to the Presidential Commission on Regional Reorganization at the recent Tamale meeting that Chereponi is part of Dagbon and will continue to remain in the Northern Region, it appears that some key politicians are determined to do the contrary.
It would be recalled that the Dagbon Traditional Council at its meeting on 23rd December 2017 resolved not to cede any part of its traditional area for the formation of new regions. While we respect the demands of the Traditional Areas that are seeking the creation of new regions we expect that others would equally respect our collective and unified stand that our Traditional Area should remain together in one region.
Our joint Memorandum on the matter, submitted with the Nanumba Traditional Council, faithfully conveyed our decision, which remains unchanged. We are aware of the use of deception, chicanery and subterfuge in procuring signatures or thumbprints of some chiefs in Dagbon under the guise that government by an executive fiat has added their districts to different regions.
We want to state emphatically that such actions do not in any way augur well for the fragile peace in the Northern Region. The key chiefs of the Chereponi district, supported by their people, fully endorsed the Joint Dagbon/Nanung Memorandum on the matter and have since also addressed the Commission and the press, to express their opposition to attempts to decouple them from Dagbon into a different region.
These views need to be taken seriously.
The Dagbon Traditional Council has particularly taken note of the actions of some politicians who have given unrealistic promises to some Chiefs and People of Chereponi District, the realisation of which promises, if attempted, will only go to sow a new dimension of the conflict in our already delicate Traditional Area.
It is the belief of the Dagbon Traditional Council that the reorganization of the Northern Region can be accomplished without sowing any seeds of conflict if all stakeholders act in good faith. The movements we are seeing at Chereponi strongly suggest that some politicians are determined to achieve their short-term political goals at the expense of the long-term peace of Northern Ghana.
The Dagbon Traditional Council is appealing to the Commission on Regional Reorganization that it upholds and respects the wishes of Dagbↄŋ, as reiterated at its recent meeting with members of the Northern Region House of Chiefs.
Lastly, we want to emphasize that the Dagbon Traditional Council will continue to support the Government’s policy of Regional Reorganization with the hope that it will not lead to the generation of conflict between Traditional Councils in the northern part of the country. Let us remember that peaceful co-existence is the first requirement for national development.
Dagbon Traditional Council