For year 2015, the Ministry plans to apply its resources to implement a number of programmes including the following:
i. Collate and enter 950 chiefs into the National Register of Chiefs, in a bid to maintain a database of traditional rulers and as part of measures to strengthen the management of traditional authorities.
ii. Process 15 Legislative Instruments on the codification of lines of succession applicable to 15 stools/skins for passage into law.
iii. Facilitate the resolution of 60 chieftaincy cases by Judicial Committees of the National and Regional Houses of Chiefs ^through the judicial process and amicably settle 80 disputes through the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.
iv. Organise ten (10) advocacy Programmes on social issues.
v. Promote the modernisation of outmoded traditions and customs through the organisation of programmes to eliminate harmful traditional practices.
Observations and recommendations
The Committee observed that there has been a reduction in the budgetary allocation to the Ministry from GH¢20,227,991.00 in year 2014 to GH¢19,546,785.00 in year 2015.
In the year 2014, the Ministry was allocated an amount of GH¢1,340,849.00 for Goods and Services. However, it has been allocated a sum of GH¢670,425.00 for the same expenditure item for the
year 2015.Again, whereas the Ministry, in the year 2014 was allotted an amount of GH¢1,362,274.00 for Assets, it has been allocated an amount of GH¢75 0,000.00 for year the 2015.
The Committee was informed that the Ministry, in the ensuing year, intends to apply its allocation for Assets to the following:
a. Renovate its office building.
b. Purchase computers and accesso- sories.
c. Complete the construction of a two-storeyed office complex for the National House of Chiefs.
d. Continue the construction of a conference hall and office for the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs.
e.Complete the construction of offices for the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs.
The Commit tee noted that the reduction in the year 2015 Assets allocation by 45 per cent of the total requirement of GH¢1,363,137.00 may affect the execution of key projects of the Ministry. While the Committee urges the Ministry of Finance to ensure that releases are made and on time, it also recommends that the Ministry of Finance should consider making up for the shortfall in allocation to enable the Ministry execute its projects.
The unique role of chiefs and queen mothers in the socio-economic deve- lopment of the country cannot be underestimated. Chiefs among others play advocacy roles and help in the resolution and settlement of disputes.
However, the Committee noted that the various Houses of Ch iefs and Traditional Councils do not have the full complement of staff. They are therefore, confronted with challenges in the performance of their duties. Each Tradit ional Council needs a com- plementary staff of 6, therefore, a total of 1,236 staff is required to man the 206 Traditional Councils. However, the Traditional Councils are operating with a staff of 614, which is about half the number required.
The Committee recommends that the Ministry of Finance should provide adequate r esources, to enable the Ministry engage additional staff to help dispose of the backlog of cases before the Houses of Chiefs and ensure the smooth running of the Traditional Councils.
The Committee was however, happy to note that the Ministry was able to engage 6 counsel to assist in the speedy adjudication of chieftaincy disputes by Judicial Committees in the year 2014.
An efficient human resource in effective service delivery cannot be overemphasised. In this regard, the Committee recognises the need to build the capacity of staff of the Ministry to enable them deliver. However, in the year 2014, only 15 staff of the Ministry received training due to inadequate resources.
The Committee therefore, recommends that the necessary resources should be released to the Ministry to enable it build the capacity of its human resource.
The Ministry, in the year 2015 will continue to facilitate the resolution of chieftaincy disputes through various processes to foster peace. It is worth
noting that in the year 2013, the Ministry facilitated the resolution of 40 chieftaincy cases by Judicial Committees of the National and Regional Houses of Chiefs through the judicial process and amicably settled 91 cases through the ADR process.
However, in the year 2014, only 4 cases were resolved through the judicial process while a single case could not be settled through the ADR process due to inadequate funding.
For the year 2015, the Ministry intends to facilitate the resolution of 60 chieftaincy cases through the judicial process and amicably settle 80 disputes through the ADR process. It is no gainsaying that chiefs play a distinctive role in promoting peace within the society.
However, the reduction in the allocation for Goods and Services may pose a serious challenge to the execution of this programme. Therefore, the Commit tee r ecommends that the Ministry of Finance should provide the needed resources to the Ministry to facilitate the adjudication of cases.
The Committee observed that the project on “Research and Codification of Lines of Succession Applicable to Stools/Skins” would be undertaken in the year 2015 and it is estimated that twenty (20) l ines of ch ieftaincy succession would be documented and verified. Research has established that, chief- taincy disputes are minimal in areas where lines of succession are codified thus, the Committee urges the Ministry of Finance to make timely release of funds to enable the Ministry effectively carry out this activity.
The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs contributes to the socioeconomic development of the country through the preservation, conservation and