The President of the National House of Chiefs, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and President of Asogli Traditional Area, Togbe Afede XIV has paid a courtesy call on Yagbonwura Tuntumba Bore Essa (I), King and Overlord of Gonja and President of the Savannah Region House of Chiefs in Damongo.
Togbe Afede during a closed door meeting with Yagbonwura at the Jakpa Palace on 26th October, 2020 disclosed that, he was at the Jakpa Palace to seek for more blessings from the Overlord of Gonja and to officially inform Yagbonwura about his intention to seek for reelection as the President of the National House.
According to the National House of Chiefs president who is seeking for another mandate said “we don’t eat culture, without the needed development we can’t enjoy culture” hence under his leadership, the House has witnessed a lot of transformation from the building of the National House which have seen critical renovation works and expansion and now can boast of 105 seater capacity to accommodate members the House and other guests.
He added that, apart from the expansion, the conference hall has also been remodeled with state of the art furniture and communication gadgets and fully air conditioned to suit a modern day conference hall that befitted the status of the Royal House where issues of national interest are discussed.
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and President of Asogli Traditional Area further stated that the offices within the edifice have also been remodeled and the walls to the building have been aesthetically redesigned and reconstructed with paved and spacious car park as well as flowers and lawns completing the beauty of the environment.
Togbe Afede XIV noted that under his Presidency, the House has gone digital where records can be accessed with ease and with a website designed for the House. He said when given the opportunity to serve the second term it is his dream to form a Pan African Traditional Leaders Union to serve as common platform for all traditional leaders in Africa where issues bordering on African culture and tradition interest will be discussed to enhance the image of the Chieftaincy institution of Ghana and Africa as a whole.
He used the opportunity to crave the indulgence of the Yagbonwura who is the President of the Savannah Region House of Chiefs to meet with his members representing the region at the National House to have an intimate discussion with the five chiefs.
He thanked Yagbonwura and his Chiefs for the massive support given to him and his Vice for the past four years to run the affairs of the National House.
Yagbonwura Tuntumba Bore Essa (I), King and Overlord of Gonja and President of the Savannah Region House of Chiefs on his part said he has given Togbe Afede XIV and the vice President of the National House of Chiefs Dasebre Kwaku Ewusi VII his blessings and victory await them come 12th November, 2020.
Yagbonwura urged members of the Savannah Region House of Chiefs representing the region at the National House to vote for a leader who will promote development to enhance the Chieftaincy institution in Ghana.
It would be recalled that Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State in the Volta Region, was elected as the president of the National House of Chiefs in the year 2016. He polled 25 votes while his competitors, Awulae Attibrukusu of Lower Axim in the Western Region, had 11, Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin pulled 10 votes, and Nana Kobina Nketsia V, the Omanhen of Essikado Traditional Area, managed with 4 votes.
Togbe Afede XIV succeeded Wulugu Naba Pugansoa, Naa Professor John S. Nabila. His Vice Dasebre Kwaku Ewusi VII of Aboadzi won majority votes of 28, Lawra Naa Puowele Karbo polled 13 and Okatakyie Dr Amenfi VII of Asiebu managed only 8 votes. A total of 49 votes were cast out of the 50 eligible voters. The total membership of the House use to be fifty (50) but with the creation of six additional regions and subsequent establishment of Regional Houses of Chiefs, the membership of the National House of Chiefs today stands at Eighty (80).
Togbe Afede XIV and his Vice Dasebre Kwaku Ewusi VII are currently moving round the 16 regional Houses of Chiefs to seek for their mandate to be elected for the second term.
Togbe Afede XIV was in the company of his Vice Dasebre Kwaku Ewusi VII of Aboadzi and the Osu Mantse DF Nii Okwei Dowuona VI to solicit votes from members of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs to National House.
The National House of Chiefs is the highest body in Ghana that unites all traditional rulers, chiefs and kings. The institution has backing from the Constitution of Ghana.
The National House of Chiefs was established in 1969 under Article 154 of the 1969 Constitution. The Instrument covering the establishment of the House was enacted on 17th September, 1971, that is the Chieftaincy Act 1971 (Act 370). The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana article 270 guarantees chieftaincy and Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759 maintained the House. The National House performs research, judicial, administrative, financial and advisory functions to all Chiefs in Ghana through the Regional Houses of Chiefs.
In accordance with Article 271 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 1 of the Chieftaincy Act 759, the National House of Chiefs consists of five (5) Paramount Chiefs from each region elected by the Regional Houses of Chiefs.
The National House of Chiefs has a President and a Vice President who are elected by the members of the House from among their number. The Vice President acts as the Head of the House in the absence of the President and performs the functions of the President accordingly.
A person elected President, Vice President or a member of the National House of Chiefs shall hold office for four (4) years and on the expiration of the term of office eligible for re-election except that a person shall not hold office as President or Vice President for more than two terms in succession.
The Headquarters of the House is located at Manhyia in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The House is among other things, mandated to undertake the progressive study, interpretation and codification of customary laws with a view to evolving in appropriate cases a unified system of rules of customary laws and shall perform such other functions not being inconsistent with any functions performed by the House of Chiefs of a Region as Parliament may by or under an Act of Parliament confer on it or otherwise refer to it.
Article 273 of the 1992 Constitution states that, the National House of Chiefs shall have appellate jurisdiction in any matter relating to chieftaincy which has been determine by the House of Chiefs in a Region, from which appellate jurisdiction there shall be an appeal to the Supreme Court with the leave of the National House of Chiefs, or the Supreme Court.
Until 1978 when Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu I, Dormaahene became the President of the House, the position of the President of the National House of Chiefs was the preserve of the Asantehene. Since then, the House has seen several Presidents with the current one being Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Ho Asogli who took office on 24th November 2016.
Togbe Afede XIV is an alumnus of University of Ghana where he obtained Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He also holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Togbe is the executive chairman of World Trade Centre Accra and was voted member of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Centre in 2015. Togbe founded SAS Finance Group Ltd, constituting Strategic African Securities Ltd, a stock brokerage and corporate finance advisory firm, and SAS Investment Management Ltd, an asset management firm. He also founded Strategic Initiatives Ltd (SIL) a portfolio and private equity investment firm, and co-founder of Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Ltd, Databank Financial Services and Africa World Airlines Ltd.
Source: padfmonline/ Iddrisu Adam Afuli – (Jakpa Palace-Damongo)