Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The institution of chieftaincy is perhaps the most important
traditional institution in our modern society. It serves as the major custodian
of traditional norms and values. The annual conference convened by ourtraditional rulers to discuss issues
regarding the consolidation of the institution is therefore a significant step
that can strengthen thegood old
values that bind us together as people of a sovereign nation with a common
Suffice it to say, the institution of chieftaincy is a dominant player in traditional African politics, maintaining it up to this day is therefore a profound manifestation of pan-Africanism. Chiefs have the moral obligation to contribute to the improvement of the lives of their individual citizens; they can be instrumental in mobilising the people in self-help activities and projects, and take the initiative in establishing institutions and programmes to improve the welfare of their people in areas such as health, education, trade and economic or social development.
This explains why President Jammeh, upon realisation that at
the dawn of colonial invasion, traditional chieftaincy in The Gambia was
stripped off the central command structure, deemed it fit to reinstate a
central command of chiefs so as to restore the country’s customary and
traditional way of life. Since then, the Gambian leader has personally been
giving the institution both moral and technical support.
Of course, we know that our chiefs have contributed immensely to the development of this country. We are optimistic that they would continue to live up to expectation, cement their loyalty to the government and continue promoting pace and harmony among the local people.
However, we appeal
that the chiefs utilise such forums to further revalorize ourculture. We also concur with the vice
president that our chiefs should strive to safeguard our cultural values and
We once again commend the chiefs for such initiatives, and wish them success in future endeavours.
Author: Daily Observer