Following the creation of the new Western North Region, the former Western Region House of Chiefs was dissolved on Tuesday September 15, 2020 after it held its final meeting, and a new one, comprising only traditional authorities in the Western Region was inaugurated by Dr. Bawumia.
Traditional authorities whose jurisdiction fall within the newly created region will be under the Western North Regional House of Chiefs, which will be inaugurated by President Akufo-Addo later this month.
Addressing the Chiefs after their inauguration, Vice President Bawumia said, despite controversies that the Chieftaincy institution has gone through in some areas, the relevance and contribution of Chieftaincy to the development of the country cannot be underestimated.
“Nananom, the Chieftaincy institution, like various other institutions of state, has lived through controversial periods of our history, playing different roles at different times,” Dr. Bawumia said.
The Vice President noted that some people often raise criticism about the relevance of chieftaincy, but he maintained that the institution is indispensable.
“I do not hesitate to state that Chieftaincy has, and will be an indispensable part of our history and development. It is so widely respected that even when our fellow Ghanaians leave our shores and are free of the influence of chieftaincy, they create chiefs wherever they are,” Dr Bawumia stated.
As trustees of lands of the people, Dr Bawumia also urged Chiefs in the country to help govern treatment streamline the administration of lands in the country.
“We need as a matter of urgency, an efficient and well-functioning regime of titling, fixing of boundaries, and ownership tracing,” he said.