The Savannah Regional House of Chiefs held its general house meeting of members to mark the final sitting of the house for the year 2021, on Wednesday, 29th December, 2021, at Damongo, with a call to the standing committee to resolve the Damongo chieftaincy conflict within three months.
In an address on behalf of the Yagbonwura Tutumba Bore Essa (I) and president of the House of Chiefs, the vice president Buipewura Jinapor II Abdulai demanded of the standing committee to deal with the conflict and get final resolution within three (3) months. He explained that the Damongo chieftaincy issue has been a thing of worry to the chieftaincy institution of the Savannah region and said the House will not be complete if a Damongowura is not part of the august House and therefore, entreates the standing committee of the House to take the matter upon itself and get a judicial committee in place to address the matter.
“In this light, I request that the Damongo chieftaincy affair be resolved in three (3) months. The House should explore the necessary avenues to get this matter settled once and for all” Buipewura added.
The Damongo chieftaincy conflict has been on the neck of the Gonja Traditional Council (GTC) since 2016, with two rival chiefs claiming ownership of the Damongo chief skins. The case is currently at the House of Chiefs court for lasting resolution.
Buipewura Jinapor II said the meeting of the House is to climax all activities for the year 2021, and to also, prepare members of the House appropriately into the new year.
He expressed gratitude to the almighty God (Allah) for peacefully guiding the people of the Savannah Region to a successful Christmas festive season and brought honour and glory to the region without any record of tribulations.
Buipewura Jinapor II urged all people of the Savannah Region to use the same strategy of the Christmas season as the new year approaches and that, the people need to be careful and be resolute in their dealings as they prepare to celebrate the new year.
He commended the revered chiefs and every one in the region who played a part collectively with all the endurance in making sure that the ban on commercial charcoal activities and illegal logging leave the shores of the Savannah Region for an ample restoration of the vegetation cover.
The vice president of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs added that, the attention of the house has been drawn to the fact that some Fulani (Fulbes) settler activities across the Savannah region remain a bigger concern for the people of the region but entreated the House especially, the standing committee to put mechanisms and strategies in place to manage efficiently the Fulbes in the Savannah region.
He further explained that, the positive contributions of everyone in the region helped in the speed up of development in the infant Savannah region but questioned the chiefs not to play ostrich on the Fulbes matters and that by the close of January, 2022, the House will have stakeholder dialogue meetings with the leadership of the Fulbes on how to resolve the issues.
He again commended the house for the good work done so far and also extended his profound gratitude to all regional and districts heads of departments for their holistic contribution to the development of the Savannah region and encouraged them to continue their good works towards the development of the region.
The Savannah Regional House of Chiefs also deliberated on matters proposed by the standing order committee of the house for the year 2022 for considerations which were subsequently adopted by members of the house and declared 2022 as the year of action