Rehabilitate our roads to facilitate socio-economic activities – Akatsi- Horti chief

The Dufia of Akatsi-Horti in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region, Torgbui LadzekpoTettehGefu IV, has appealed to government to rehabilitate the Horti-Akatsi road to facilitate socio-economic activities of the people.

He said the people were mainly farmers and traders, and a good road network was needed to facilitate the transportation for goods and services to improve their standards of living.

 “The time has come to gravel the 8.5 kilometre road to enable the residents easily transport their foodstuffs and other commodities to the market centres,” he added.

Torgbui Gefu made the appeal at the second anniversary and purification rites of his coronation a fortnight ago at Horti.

According to him, the people had suffered enough from inhaling of unhealthy particles from the dusty road made up of brown clay and sand, “that is why urgent steps are needed to be taken to at least gravel it for easy transportation of foodstuff to market centres especially at Akatsi, Xavi, Suipe, Hatorgodo and Bayive”.

Torgbui Gefu stated that the community was left stranded at the slightest rain that rendered the road unpassable,a situation that must not be allowed to continue.

“As the chief of the area, what is expected of me is to mobilise the people, provide less capital intensive project to alleviate the suffering of my people, and that is why I was able to make it motorable and keep it in shape before the onset of the rains,” he added.

He noted that before he was en-stooled there were a lot of challenges including lack of potable water and educational infrastructure, but together with the youth and elders they managed to construct the primary six classroom block, provided good drinking water and provided six laptop computers to enhance Information Communication Technology (ICT) teaching and learning and appealed to the Member of Parliament (MP) and public-spirited individuals to help upgrade the computer laboratory.

TorgbuiGefu appealed to his colleague chiefs to remain resolute and avoid land litigation, minor conflicts, divisive, quarreling and other negative tendencies, in order to develop the communities that they superintendent over.

“Let us pull together our resources both human and material so that we can restore the lost hope for our youths,” he added.

He appealed to the President of the Avenor Traditional Council, Torgbui Dorglo Anumah VI, to stamp his authority and bring chiefs who contravene and breach the standing orders of the Council to order and urged the youth to take their education seriously and desist from truancy and other social vices in order not to drag the name of the area into disrepute.

Torgbui Anumah urged the chiefs to collaborate and take collective decisions to develop the area.

He urged the youth to at least complete their university education in order to eliminate poverty and uplift the image of their communities and tasked the people to be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic and take the jabs and also observe the protocols in order to be safe from the pandemic.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Kofitse Nyahe, appealed to the chiefs and family elders to deal decisively with land disputes in order not to allow the rich take over family lands.

The numerous land disputes in the area, he explained was breaking homes and urged them to tell the current generation the rightful ownership of family lands in order to stop people taking advantage of them.

FROM LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU-HORTI

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