Burial and funeral of James Town chief put on hold

The impending burial and funeral of the late Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, which was scheduled to take place on October 12, 2018 has been put on hold, a statement by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has said.

This development, according to the Ministry, has become necessary considering lack of consultation in the organization of Oblempong Kojo Ababio V’s burial and funeral which could spark some level of tension in Ngleshie Alata.

According to the statement, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Hon. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi met with elders of all royal gates in the traditional area over the issue before arriving at the decision to suspend indefinitely the burial and funeral of the late chief.

At the said meeting, the statement further noted that it was also agreed that the two royal gates including the Wetse Kojo We of Adanse and Kofi Akrashie We of Ajumaku Darumpong who were hitherto not included in the funeral arrangements, be represented on the funeral committee.

In view of that, a decision was made for the two royal gates to nominate five elders together with five members from the Traditional Council for another meeting with the Chieftaincy Minister scheduled for October 23, 2018.

There have been some disagreements among the seven divisional clans of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area (NATC) in James Town of the Greater Accra Region over the burial and funeral arrangements for the late Nii Kojo Ababio V.

This development has, however, created tension among the traditional leaders in the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, ahead of the burial and final funeral rites of the late Paramount Chief of James Town over the capacity of the newly-installed Chief, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II to perform the necessary customary rites for the burial and funeral of the late chief.

It is therefore believed that the decision taken by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs will ensure peace and harmony before, during and after the burial and funeral of the lake Nii Kojo Ababio V.