The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has asserted that the chieftaincy institution is integral to the socio-economic development of the nation.
According to Apostle Nyamekye, the chieftaincy institution has become a channel for community development since traditional leaders have gained a reputation as spokespersons for their people and other stakeholders in state-building.
Apostle Nyamekye said this on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at the 3rd Royals’ Conference being organised by the Chieftaincy Ministry of the church in collaboration with the Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM) at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa-Fetteh, near Kasoa.
The Chairman, in an opening address, read on his behalf by the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, said that the chieftaincy institution, which is one of the most respected institutions in Ghanaian communities, remains the expression of social, cultural, political, religious, traditional, and economic authority in most communities in Ghana.
“I have always held the view that our chieftaincy institution is the soul of our nation. The reason is that the culture, tradition and the governance system of the community revolve around this institution, and I believe the church’s ability to influence this all-important institution will give us some inroads into bringing transformation to our communities,” Apostle Nyamekye stated.
He revealed that The Church of Pentecost through its five-year strategic plan (Vision 2023) dubbed “Possessing the Nations” has gone beyond organising triennial royals conferences and has now created a special ministry to the palaces, known as the ‘Chieftaincy Ministry.’
The Chairman iterated that the theme for the conference which is, “Equipping Royals as Gatekeepers to Possess the Nations,” is an affirmation of the role that traditional leaders play in society.
“The conference shall seek to empower our chiefs and all other royals with the needed skills and competencies based on godly values and principles to transform their spheres of influence,” he emphasised.
He added: “In addition to this, the conference shall serve as a platform where the mandate of the chieftaincy institution in serving as the medium of expression for the social, political, religious, traditional and economic authority in our communities would be enhanced.”
The Chieftaincy Ministry of The Church of Pentecost was inaugurated on September 23, 2021, by the Chairman of the Church. It consists of a 13-member national committee chaired by the Paramount Chief of the Yeji Traditional Area, His Royal Majesty Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V.