The Krachiwura, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, has urged the government to address the status of the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi, and Likpe (SALL) areas, torn between the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region, and the Jasikan District of the Oti Region.
“The delay in creating a political and administrative district for the SALL areas following the creation of the Oti Region has left its people in a limbo, and has been a source of worry to many in the region, causing them inconvenience and embarrassment”, he bemoaned.
Nana Besemuna, who is also the Chairman of the Joint Consultative Council on the creation of the Oti Region, made this known when he chaired a durbar at Nkonya Wurupong in the Biakoye District of the Oti Region to climax the 2019 Senkyiba Festival.
The festival is celebrated by the people of Wurupong to commemorate their dramatic crossing of the Volta River while migrating to their present location, and drew chiefs and traditional leaders from other Guan speaking areas in the country, including Senchi in the Asuogyaman District, and Larteh in the Okere District of the Eastern Region.
The festival was held on the theme: ‘Our Health, Our Culture – Bridging the Gap to Sustain the Youth.’
Nana Besemuna was full of praise for the president for birthing new regions, providing share of critical roads in 2020 budget but expressed disappointment with omission of bridge over River Oti in the budget, maintaining that “we are disappointed one of our critical needs namely; construction of bridge over River Oti was not captured in the roads programme.”
The Krachiwura commended chiefs in the region for “supporting and assisting efforts at attaining regional independence, unite and consider yourselves development partners in the model region because creation of region is not end in itself, opportunity to bequeath to future generation.
“To achieve objective, I appeal to all Nananom to refrain from petty squabbles, chieftaincy disputes, land litigation and regard themselves as partners in growth and development so as to get unified front to support and assist government to prosecute its agenda in region.
Nana Kwadwo Asiakwa, Omanhene of Wurupong Traditional Area, intimated that customary and traditional practices had significant values for accelerating community growth and development and admonish the youth not to discard them as outmoded but blend them with modern culture in developing society. -GNA