NALAG calls on traditional rulers to encourage support for district assembly election



The National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG), on Friday 27th February, 2014, paid a courtesy call on Gulkpe Naa of Tamale, Naa Alhassan Abdulai and the Kampakuya-Naa Andani Yakubu Abdulai, Regent of Dagbon respectively.

The courtesy call was part of a two day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that took off at the Picorna Hotel in the Tamale Metropolis on 26th and 27th February, this year.

Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Doku, President of NALAG, who led a delegation made up of the 2ND Vice President, the General Secretary and some National Executive Council Members, was received at the Gukpegu Palace by the elders.

The President stressed the fact that NALAG sees the traditional rulers as critical stakeholders in the whole decentralisation and local government practice. He therefore urged the leadership to use their outfit to entreat their subjects to participate fully in the upcoming district assembly elections since it is their civic right and responsibility. He also appealed to the Gulkpe Naa to impress on his people, especially the youth, to remain law-abiding to ensure peaceful elections.

Naa Abdulai pledged that the traditional rulers would support NALAG in its efforts aimed at bringing development to the region. He confessed that but for the visit, there was much aparthy and a general lack of interest in the elections. He assured NALAG and its executives that they will not only participate but also ensure peaceful elections.

NALAG after calling on the Tamale Chief extended their courtesy call to the Regent of Dagbon State, The Kampakuya-Naa Andani Yakubu Abdulai at his Gbewaa palace in Yendi.

In the opinion of the Regent of Dagbon, whenever NALAG gets to a particular Region, they should endeavour to associate themselves with the people that matter (Traditional leaders, Chief Executives, Assembly Members, Opinion leaders, etc.) through interactions to get themselves acquainted with the shortcomings of that particular region and also assure the region so visited of possible solutions just as they had stated. This he said will go a long way to bring unity and peace among the people and the Association.

The group after noting the call of the Chief made an appeal to the Regent through the President to entreat his subjects to go out in their numbers to vote and participate in the upcoming District Assembly Election. He advocated the election of competent and loyal people into the various district assemblies regardless of their political affiliations.

As an Association, the President stated that it hopes the district Assemblies continue to remain non-partisan irrespective of the challenges it faces. This, the group believed was the only way there will be true and equitable development at the local level.

At this juncture the Association further encouraged the traditional leaders to continue to support activities towards the district level elections irrespective of the cancellation, as eventually, the elections will come out.

The two chiefs expressed gratitude to the Association for their concern and recognition and prayed that the Almighty Allah bless and guide them in all their activities.

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