Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, has disclosed that the government has commenced the process to establish a Chieftaincy Development Fund.

The fund is expected to provide resources to traditional leaders to effectively carry out their traditional roles in their respective communities across the country.

The minister made this announcement while addressing the Kumasi Traditional Council during the Awukudae festival celebration at the Manhyia Palace.

The April 2022 Awukudae festival was dedicated to various ethnic groups based in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to reaffirm the bond between the Asantes and other tribes.

The festival provided an opportunity for the tribes to pay homage to Otumfuo and wish him well as he celebrates his 25th anniversary on the Asante Golden stool. The various ethnic groups also showcased their traditions and cultures to entertain the thousands of patrons who attended the event.

Speaking at the event, Minister Asamoah Boateng commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for accommodating over 43 ethnic groups in Kumasi.

He said Otumfuo’s advocacy for arbitration instead of litigation is the backbone to the sustained peace in the country.

The President of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi, who was the guest speaker, urged all the ethnic groups residing in the Ashanti Region to be law-abiding while conducting their trade.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II reiterated his commitment to living in peace with all the ethnic groups in the Ashanti Region and urged them to be law-abiding to maintain the longstanding relationship between the Asantes and other tribes across the country.

Source: Justice Bediako