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Underage marriage: We are revising old customs and traditions – Chieftaincy Minister

By Janet Dumas

The government has unveiled plans to collaborate with the National House of Chiefs to reassess certain customs and traditions within the country. This is in response to recent events surrounding an alleged marriage involving a 63-year-old Gborbu Wulomo and a 16-year-old girl, Naa Ayemuede.

The minister for chieftaincy and religious affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, addressed the media, emphasizing the importance of updating customs to better align with contemporary values and societal norms.

He highlighted the necessity of adapting traditions in light of advancements in democracy, legal frameworks, education, and societal evolution.

“As we moved into modern world democracy, law, modernity, more education and all that, we have realized that some of the customs and traditions need to be reformed. And indeed, under the Chieftaincy Act (759), we have been enjoined to work with the National House of Chiefs to look at the codification of relevant customs across the country, because not all customs are the same.
“Even within Greater Accra, within certain areas, it differs. We can get the codification right and we can know what happens in which particular area ” he stated.

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