The Interior Minister, Mr. Prosper Douglas Bani, has taken his campaign on the need for a peaceful election to the Volta Region, with calls on the people in the region to let peace reign before, during and after the December 7 polls.
Mr. Bani, who was set to be briefed on the security situation in the region, on Saturday addressed two traditional festivals where he emphasised that peace was the only means by which the region in particular and the country at large could have sustainable development.
The festivals are the Dodoleglimeza of the people of Ve Lukusi in the Afadjato South District and the Sasadu of the Sovie Traditional area in the Kpando Municipality.
They were on the themes “Celebrating our Culture towards Peaceful Elections” and “In Unity Lies Strength” respectively.
At the Dodoleglimeza for instance, Mr. Bani, commended the traditional authorities for adhering to their own succession plan in choosing their traditional leaders which has over the years been devoid of conflicts as has been the case in many traditional areas across the country.
According to him, such harmonious traditional governance drives development and gives the government the confidence that its investments in the area would be protected.
He reiterated government’s commitment to a free and fair election devoid of acrimony and intimidation.
The Chief of Ve Lukusi, Togbuiga Delume VII, in his remarks commended the government for the development projects in the area.
He said the only Senior High School in the area was under populated as parents continue to withdraw their wards from the school to other schools and asked the government to identify what the problem was and address it.
At the Sasadu Festival, Mr. Bani assured the people that security would be tightened up in the area to ward off people who may have planned to disrupt the electoral process.
He said “rogue elements in the region will be dealt with to ensure that everybody goes about freely on election day to cast his or her vote in an atmosphere of peace.”
General Secretary of the Sasadu, a collection of 19 communities in the area, Mr. William Segbedeku, in his welcome address said it was time to make use of the human and material resources in the area to assist in their development.
He called on the youth to embrace peace and shun war mongering politicians who would want to use them as a tool to perpetrate violence in the area.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Francis Ganyaglo, at the festivals said government was committed to the development of the region and that the resources meant for the region would be fairly distributed among the municipalities and district assemblies of the region.
From Julius Yao Petetsi, Ho