The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has revealed plans to establish a special institution to train traditional leaders on alternative dispute resolution.

The move is expected to augment the efforts of traditional rulers and strengthen their role in modern-day leadership laced with culture.

Addressing the Chief of Ejura in the Ashanti Region, the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, who was accompanied by the party’s campaign team, explained that the initiative is meant to help reduce the enormous pressure on the court systems in Ghana.

“We know the work Nananom does is very difficult. So when someone is due to become a chief, aside the training, selected chiefs will receive from the stools, we shall establish an institution that will train them with modern-day leadership skills especially in alternative dispute resolutions.

“There are many issues that shouldn’t even end up in the police station or court, traditional leaders and chiefs can solve them but, maybe because they might not possess the skill,” he said.

The NDC is also suggesting that the National House of Chiefs should be expanded to make way for women to be part of the house, and contribute to decision making.

The General Secretary believes the initiative will help empower queen mothers.

“If you would permit, we would want to discuss with Nananom to allow the queen mothers to be part of the national house of chiefs. We would want to bring this to your notice, if you agree with us, then we will advance this discussion.

This is what we believe in, that is why President Mahama has chosen a woman as his running mate,” Mr Nketia said.

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