By: Kojo Ansah
ZONGO CHIEFS in Ghana have appealed to the National House of Chiefs to consider the inclusion of representatives of Zongo Chiefs into Regional and National House of Chiefs.
The Paramount Chief and Leader of all Zongo Chiefs in Ghana, Maimartaba Sarkin Zongo Sultan Alhaji Omar Farouk Saeed believes their inclusion would help deepen harmony in the country and bridge communication gap.
“Zongo chiefs appeal now to the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, to consider, together with other chiefs, to include Regional Zongo Chiefs where they are not part of the traditional chiefs, and at least give two slots of Zongo representatives into the National House of Chiefs.”
He said this in Koforidua on Saturday during the 5th Annual Conference of National Association of Zongo Chiefs on the theme ‘Education, the Bedrock of Poverty Alleviation in the Zongo Communities.’
Maimartaba Saeed commended President Nana Akufo-Addo for fulfilling his promise by creating Inner Cities and Zongo Development Ministry. He, however, appealed to government to include Zongo chiefs on the Board of the newly established Zongo Development Fund.
He also appealed for more political appointments from the Zongo communities.
Also in attendance was the Second Lady, Mrs Samira Bawumia and Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Alhaji Abubakar Sadique Boniface.
First Speaker, Alhaji Mahamadu Dendey Maze Waje IV -Chief Zongo of Cape said the Zongo communities are lagging due to misplaced priority.
He said the Zongo Ministry is committing the same mistake with the construction of astroturf in the Zongos which is not a priority area for Zongo communities.
However, the Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development explained the importance of the astroturf projects to the development of Zongo communities.
The Second Speaker, Sheik Abdul Moomeen Dalhu – Sarkin Zongo of Tamale, who gave historical antecedents of Zongo communities said, Zongo communities have not received their share of national development over the years despite their contribution to national development.