Dr Henry Seidu Danaa, Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs Friday endorsed criteria set out by the Volta Regional House of Chiefs (VRHC) for approving the creation of new Traditional Councils in the region.

There are about 103 traditional areas in the region seeking to become Traditional Councils.

Dr Danaa said the issue of 103 traditional councils in the Volta region must be tackled without rancour for which reason he endorsed the criteria developed by the House.

He assured paramount chiefs in the region that they were recognized as such and the Legislative Instrument being worked on their status was only meant to give them ?a staff of legality.?

Dr Danaa urged Chiefs to use their powers of summons to help government to deal with the menace of ?galamsey? and the cultivation of Indian hemp within their jurisdictions.

The criteria, spelt out by Togbe Afede XIV, President of the House at its first General Meeting in 2014, were that each prospective Traditional Council must have a building large enough to have a meeting hall, and two offices, one each for the President and the Registrar of that Council.

Those halls and offices must also be furnished by the traditional areas applying for the Councils.

The prospective Traditional Councils must also show evidence of active attendance at meetings and involvement in the activities of existing traditional Councils they belonged to.

Togbe Afede explained that the criteria became necessary because government lacked the financial muscle to set up all the Traditional Councils.

The prospective traditional councils must therefore demonstrate their abilities to run their affairs and be united.

?You must learn to be members of traditional councils to be able to run your own?, Togbe Afede told the House.

Source: GNA

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