Welcoming the minister to the city, the paramount chief of Gbensseh chiefdom Aiah Fengai Kamanchendeh, onbehalf of his colleagues, appreciated the visit of the resident minister to the district for the very first time since his appointment. He said his visit was timely to address issues bordering around unity, respect and the development of the district as whole.
The honourable paramount chief on behalf of his colleagues pledged the support of the paramount chiefs to the working with the government of the day in every sphere for the development of their respective chiefdoms and district.
Speaking to the paramount chiefs and other stakeholders, the minister of states extends gratitude to the traditional leaders for attending the meeting in their huge number. Which he said tells him that they were ready to listening to his message from the government.
He disclosed that the engagement is to deliberate on emerging issues concerns from the subjects these paramount chiefs govern regarding their relationship with the council, and their role in the current dispensation, the New Direction.
During the deliberations, resident minister Andrew Fatorma appealed to the paramount chiefs to work in the interest of their subjects for the development of their chiefdoms by ensuring that they work in close communion with the government of the day as they normally say, adding that the government rely on them as traditional rulers to mediate certain issues in their chiefdoms and advocate or lobby for basic facilities to be provided to their chiefdoms.
He said development of the chiefdoms cannot be realized if they decided not to work with the government of the day and in disunity which will prompt their subjects to act on the contrary.
The minister of state in the region also call on the custodians of tradition play oversight roles on projects and activities that take place in their chiefdoms on daily bases and ensure that those activities or works are done correctly in the interest of their people.
He went further to appeal to them to embrace presidents Bios free education policy that will come in to effect this September, by ensuring that all what make up the implementation of the programme are delivered and the children benefit from them, adding that they should make bye laws that will be in line with the implementation of the flagship programme to pupils in school.
Minister Fatorma also appealed to the paramount chiefs to work with the local councils who are the key implementers of programmes in their localities in both district and city from government and other partners or organizations.
The chairman council of paramount chiefs for Kono District Tamba Emmanuel Torjeh Foryoh of Sowa chiefdom said the visit of the resident minister is timely a welcoming one because it is his very first familiarization with the chiefs and other authorities in the district. He said they as paramount chiefs are collaborating with the councils and they support the government of the day with determination to ensure that developmental activities are taken to their respective chiefdoms.
The Mayor elect Kumba Sam, also expressed thanks to the minister for his call on the paramount chiefs and other traditional authorities to work with the government of the day and to embrace development whoich can be achieved in peace and unity.