The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs (MCRA) has the constitutional mandate to develop effective interface between Government, Religious Bodies and Civil Society on matters relating to Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs for the promotion of peace and good governance. MCRA is also to operate as the primary and apex body to initiate and formulate appropriate policies for the Chieftaincy and Religious sectors of the country.
The Ministry aims to preserve, sustain and integrate the regal, traditional and religious values, norms and practices for national development. Core values that underpin the Ministry’s work include: Sovereignty of Traditional Values, Peaceful Religious and Traditional Co-existence, Cultural diversity, Tolerance and Unity.
Adhering to its vision, mission and core values, MCRA prepared Medium Term Development Plan, 2018 – 2021, in line with the President’s Coordinated Programme Policies which is being operationalized through the National Medium-Term Development Policy Framework (2018 -2021), “Agenda for Jobs”: Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunity for All, prepared by National Development Planning Commission.
Over the years, a number of interventions have been made to ensure effective interface between Government, Religious Bodies, and Civil Society on matters relating to Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs. The Ministry therefore implemented programs and sub-program such as Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Traditional Authority Management, Customary Law, Dispute Resolution and Religious Affairs. Notwithstanding, some development issues identified during the sector’s performance review under the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA II), which was implemented over the period 2014-2017, include some chieftaincy disputes unresolved, inability to pass LI on 11 lines of succession to stools and skins, and inadequate involvement of traditional authorities in National Development, Negative cultural practices of traditional authority.
The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs comprises the headquarters, the National House of Chiefs, ten (10) Regional Houses of Chiefs and Traditional Councils. The Hon. Minister of State, together with a Deputy Minister and the Chief Director are at the apex of the command chain, and they preside over the day to day administration of the Sector. The Ministry has five (5) line directorates, i.e. Finance and Administration (F&A), Policy Planning, Budgeting, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPBME), Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD), Research, Statistics and Information Management (RSIM), and Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs. Specialized units of the Ministry include: Internal Audit, Public Affairs and Communications, as well as Client Service.
The vision of the Ministry is to preserve, sustain and integrate the regal, traditional and religious values, norms and practices for national development.
The Ministry exists to develop effective interface between government, religious bodies and civil society on matters relating to Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs for the promotion of peace and good governance.