Growing insecurity in many communities in Upper West Region has been blamed on widening traditional leadership gap which has triggered security threats and undermined socio-economic progress in the areas.
Traditional and opinion leaders have therefore been called upon to make concerted efforts to fill in leadership vacuums in their communities to help maintain stability and enhance development.
“In such a situation [of leadership vacuum], economic, social and cultural relationship is bruised and traditional political sovereignty is broken down,” Kuoro Abu Diaka Sukabe Ninia V said on Saturday.
Kuoro Ninia V, who is the Paramount Chief of Zini Traditional Area, was speaking during the 8th “Buwaala Kelwie” Festival celebration of the chiefs and people of Zini in Sissala West District.
The Festival was themed: “Consolidating peace, unity and development through culture: the role of stakeholders”.
The Chief called for a combined effort with security agencies to maintain stable and peaceful society while community members strived to close their headship gap in order to facilitate development.
He also urged the people to understand their own culture and its impact on social and economic growth in modern times as key alternative development strategy and welcomed the setting up of a District Court in Gwollu, the Sissala West District capital.
He said its establishment would facilitate the dispensation of timely justice and encourage citizens to pursue their rights through legal means and also urged government to expedite action to either complete or upgrade several education and health infrastructure in the area.
He called for the Completion of Zini Community Day Senior High School (SHS), upgrading of Zini Clinic into a Polyclinic as well as upgrading of Sangbaka-Gbal and Sangbaka-Nyentie Roads.
The chief also called for more school infrastructure in Nimoro, Puzene, Niator and Fielmuo Basic Schools to facilitate movement of goods and services to promote effective teaching and learning.
Mr Moses Dramani Luri, the Festival Planning Committee member, noted that increasing human activities were destroying the environment and called for activation of by-laws to curb the menace.
He warned the communities over indiscriminate burial of dead human bodies as it posed grave threat to health and water sources.