Chiefs And Traditional Authorities And Their Role In The Democratic Order And Governance

"The paper makes a strong defense for the relevance of the chieftaincy institution in modern democratic Ghana, and argues the need to integrate our cultural and traditional values into modern government and society. The forced acquisition of stool and family lands by government through pernicious legislation and unjust “moribund socialist legislation” which seizes and vests stool lands which contain minerals and other natural resources in the state, receives scathing opposition, and a specific demand for the restoration of Akyem Abuakwa land rights prior to 1957. Concluding, the writer advocates the fusion of traditional and modern forms of justice and the adoption of a decentralized system of government, noting that it will strengthen the chieftaincy institution."