Osabarima Antwi Agyei V, Chief of Okadjakrom in the Jasikan District of the Volta Region, has urged support for government‘s plan to create a new region to cover the northern part of the Volta Region, saying it will accelerate the development of the area.
He said: “I commend the government for its vision and agenda to create a region for the northern Volta, which will serve as a catalyst for growth and development in the current global settings. Every development agenda needs decentralisation to accelerate the process.”
Osabarima Agyei, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times in Accra, at the weekend, appealed to the people and Volta Regional House of Chiefs and other opinion leaders to support the creation of a new region for the northern part of the region.
He, however, advised that though it is the constitutional mandate of the President to create a new district, he should seek the opinion of the chiefs and people of the region, especially the affected areas.
Osabarima Agyei, who is also the Twafohene of the Buem traditional area, said plans to create a new region for the people in the northern part of the Volta should address administrative and development challenges, adding that “government is expected to consider the demography, geography and development conditions of the area”.
He appealed to government to transform a strategic settlement or town into a modern regional capital that would adequately serve the needs of the people.
Osabarima Agyei, said that “for some time now the perception of the people of the northern part of the Volta Region has been that development in the region starts from the south and ends at Hohoe”.
He noted that “the creation of a new region to cover the northern part of the Volta Region has been agitating the minds of concerned people and chiefs from that area, particularly Jasikan, Kadjebi, Nkwanta South, Nkwanta North, Krachi East, Krachi West and Biakoye districts.
Osabarima Agyei, however, said the plan to create a new region “can only succeed with the blessings and support of the regional house of chiefs and people from all parts of the Volta Region,” adding that the creation of a new region would bring enormous advantages to both people of the southern and southern parts of the region.
He said “we have to unite and work towards fulfilling the constitutional provision that requires that any such issue should be determined by a referendum in which at least 50 per cent of the persons entitled to vote do so in a referendum, and of the ballots cast, at least 80 per cent which cast should be in favour of the issue at stake”.
By Charles Amankwa