Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council yet to install substantive chief

BY: Philip Boateng Kessie
Nii Ngleshie Addy V, speaking at the press conference in Accra. With him are Nii Kojo Danso II, Dansoman Mantse, Nii Ayinsah Sasraku III (2nd left), Dzaseste of Plerno Kokrobite, Nii Ayi Okudjeoman IV (2nd right) Dzasetse of Adjumaku and Nii Tetteh Okpe II (right), Amarmoley Mantse
Nii Ngleshie Addy V, speaking at the press conference in Accra. With him are Nii Kojo Danso II, Dansoman Mantse, Nii Ayinsah Sasraku III (2nd left), Dzaseste of Plerno Kokrobite, Nii Ayi Okudjeoman IV (2nd right) Dzasetse of Adjumaku and Nii Tetteh Okpe II (right), Amarmoley Mantse

A substantive chief is yet to be installed for the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area since the demise of Oblepong Nii Kojo Ababio V in December 2017.

At a news conference in Accra yesterday, the Ag. President of the Traditional Council, Nii Ngleshie Addy V, said the processes to select a new chief had not even started.

“It is the duty of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council to set the records straight for which we are earnestly and emphatically doing that no person has been installed as Oblempong Wetse Kojo II for which the Traditional Council is aware of,” he said.

The press conference was in response to the purported installation of Prince Ashiaku Bruce Quaye, who in January this year, declared himself as the paramount chief of the area.

Claims


Nii Addy, who is also the Ngleshie Adontenhene, said the self-professed chief had no claim to the throne because he fell short in the standard requirement for becoming their new leader.

According to him, Prince Quaye did not belong to either of the two royal lineages: (Ajumako and Adansi) families.

He explained that in line with Ga customary and traditional practices, a new leader could not be installed unless the remains of the late chief had been interred, adding that, it was only after that that the stool would be declared vacant.

“In Ga customs and traditions, a demised chief is buried before a new chief is installed. At the moment the remains of Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, the late Paramount Chief of the Traditional Area, are still in the morgue and, therefore, the stool is still vacant,” Nii Addy added.

Judicial tussle

Nii Addy, therefore, appealed to the government to intervene in the dispute since it had the tendency to disturb the peace in the area.

He said the kingmakers would begin the processes for the selection of a new chief once Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio was buried.