The paramount chief for the Bongo Traditional Area Naba Baba Salifu Alemyaruum Atamale has asked law enforcement agencies and district assemblies to adopt some customary laws to make them enforceable to curtail certain excesses in society.
He said that some customary laws are good and ought to be adopted by local assemblies as by-laws so that law enforcement agencies and officials can enforce them to ensure that certain negative attitudes in societies are catered for.
Naba Alemyarum said there was a time in Bongo traditional area that he placed a ban on playing loud music through speakers at funerals to check the rate of teenage pregnancies that the traditional area was recording because this ‘jamz’ usually draw a lot of youth in the rural areas to the funeral ground which leads to teenage pregnancies but he had to quail back because he did not get the needed support.
Naba Alemyarum who was speaking in an interview on Day Break Upper East show on A1 Radio about statistics released by the Ghana Health Service which indicated that the Upper East region recorded 6, 533 cases of teenage pregnancies in 2020, said there was the need to take urgent steps to find solutions to it else it will further increase the suffering level of the region.
The paramount chief again attributed the increasing cases of teenage pregnancy to lack of parental control because parents have to be careful now when punishing their children else the laws that have been enacted against punishing children will deal with it them, which discourages parents from being strict in correcting their children.
He called on stakeholders to come together to find lasting solutions to address the increasing teenage pregnancy cases to safe guide the future of the youth.