We want new district, not upgrade — Chiefs

 Creation of new regions: Be careful not to breach the law--Coalition

Creation of new regions: Be careful not to breach the law–Coalition

The chiefs and people of two traditional areas of Afife and Weta in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region have stated that the decision by the President to elevate the area into a municipal status is not in their interest, they rather prefer a new district carved out of the existing one.

The Ketu North District consists of four main traditional areas; Dzodze, Penyi, Afife and Weta which has a unique topography with the Afife and Weta almost lying along the shoreline, while the other two dominate the rain forests.

Most of their indigenes are predominantly into cassava, oil palm, maize, fish farming and piggery and have potentials in food processing industries and salt mining.

It would be recalled that, the President was enstooled as a Development Chief of Afife traditional area in the round-up to the general elections that got him into power, with the expectations that he leads development in the district when successful.

The chiefs, who claimed they had earlier petitioned the Presidency on their demand to have a new district with a suggested name, “Ketu West”, said the decision to rather upgrade the existing district came as a surprise to them.

Addressing journalists at Tadzewu near Dzodze, the chiefs argued that, the elevation would do little to ensure an effective decentralisation as envisaged by the President since the capital, Dzodze, is still remote from them.

Torgbui Adrakpanya VI, Paramount Chief of Afife traditional area, noted that “the two traditional areas had earlier on submitted a proposal to the President, the Local Government Minister, the Electoral Commission and all other relevant stakeholders to this effect.

“Unfortunately, no response had been heard, all we got to know is that, Ketu North District for which we currently belong has been elevated to a municipality status which came as a disappointment and this is never in our interest.

Reiterating their reservations over the move, “we urge parliament to hold on with the intended ratification of the Ketu North municipality until our concern for a new district is resolved”.

“As the President considers our request we urge the leadership of Parliament to do due diligence and hold on to the passing of the Ketu North municipality until a final decision on the creation of Ketu West District,” Torgbui Adrakpanya stressed. –citifmonline.com

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