CHIEFS URGED TO RECONSIDER CUSTOMARY PRACTICES THAT HAMPER GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN MODERN TIMES
The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum has called on traditional authorities to reconsider customary practices that affect girls’ education in rural communities in the country.
He bemoaned the practice that movement of girls in some remote communities is restricted during their monthly flow such that they cannot cross rivers and streams to school. “We urge you to apply your powers to bring about the necessary change to customary practices that affect girls’ education.,” he told the chiefs.
The Hon. Minister made the call when he addressed the Second General Meeting of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs at Wa in the Upper West Region.
He said scientific and technological advancement coupled with the dynamics of social trends have bearings on traditional authorities to be adaptive and responsive to changing trends considering the prime preservation of chieftaincy integrity in our socio-cultural space.
He used the opportunity to call on the chiefs and elders in the Region to step up education campaign on strict adherence to observing the COVID-19 protocols during social gatherings like funerals, markets and festivals in the face of Government’s effort to procure more vaccines.
The President of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, Naa Dikomwine Domalae thanked the Government for dolling out fifty million Ghana Cedis in response flood disaster that hit the Region a couple of weeks ago.