Three Powerful Chiefs Opt For United Volta

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But Krachiwura Eyes Asantehene’s Status In Oti Region

The influential Overlord of the Gbi Traditional Area in the Volta Region, has abandoned the proponents of the division of the region by staying away from the Justice Alan Brobbey Committee of Enquiry collecting views on the need to divide the tiny region compared to Ashanti, Northern, Brong Ahafo, Eastern, Greater Accra, and Western regions.

Togbega Gabusu VI, is said to be among influential chiefs like Togbe Sri III, Awomefia of Anlo, Togbe Afede XIV Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and President of Asogli Traditional Area  in the Volta Region and many other traditional rulers, who are against dividing the region, because the idea behind it is not tenable.

The Krachiwura of Krachi Traditional Area, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, who is heading the Oti Region agenda is claiming that the division, will automatically lead to development, because the Volta Region has since independence been abandoned.

Interestingly, the Krachiwura was only with two traditional rulers namely, Nana Ogyeabour Akompi Finam II of Kadjebi Traditional Area and Nana Owusu Afari from the Worawora Traditional Area, last Wednesday when the Justice Alan Brobbey Committee of Enquiry opened its doors to him to advance his argument for the creation of the Oti Region from the Volta Region.

It is not even clear, whether the Kadjebi Traditional leader and the Worawora Traditional leader, have the mandate of their people to push for a separation.

Indeed, although Togbe Afede and Awomefia of Anlo are very powerful, many Togbega Gabusu stances is seen as very significant, his jurisdiction extends far beyond Hohoe and its environs to Peki among others, and most likely to share borders with Krachiwura’s intended Oti Region.

 Indeed, lands overlap and geographical boundaries could be altered leading to communal violence as happening between to Nkonya and Alavanyo.

It is believed that, the three powerful traditional rulers; Togbe Afede, Togbe Sri, Awomefia of Anlo and Togbega Gabusu, would public declare the people in the region vote against the division, when the decision is subjected to a referendum by the Akufo-Addo government.

Already, The Herald has picked up signals that a group called Volta Regional Council of Chiefs is against the stance of Krachiwura and his colleagues and will soon speak on the matter. They hold the view that the development of the region is not in its division, but the availability of resources.  

The Herald has also picked information that the Volta Region Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, is also against the separation of the region.

Meanwhile, the Krachiwura, has been challenged to name the 400 chiefs and scores of opinion leaders, including kingmakers from the Volta Region, his claimed are behind the petition submitted to President Nana Akufo-Addo, calling for the creation a new region.

His claims have been described as mere propaganda statement in furtherance of his selfish ambition to become an overlord of a region just like the Asantehene is in the Ashanti Region, but some also believe is being used by politicians to fulfill a campaign promise.

The three chiefs had gone pushing for the creation of the Oti Region, claiming that a total of 400 chiefs and scores of opinion leaders, including kingmakers from the Volta Region, are reportedly behind the petition submitted to President Akufo-Addo, calling for the creation of the proposed Oti Region out of the Volta Region.

This came to light yesterday, when the petitioners from the region, represented by the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) for the creation of the Oti Region, appeared before the Justice Alan Brobbey Committee of Enquiry to make their case on why they think there is the need for the Oti Region to be created.

The Justice Brobbey Commission was formed by President Akufo-Addo under Constitutional Instrument (CI) 105 to, among other things, inquire, pursuant to petitions, into the need and substantial demand for the creation of new regions, and thereby, the alteration of the Western, Brong-Ahafo, Northern and the Volta Regions.

Six proposed new regions are on the table to be debated for their creation or otherwise.

It is the same CI 105 that mandates recommendations to be made to the president, based on findings, and to specify the issues to be determined in a referendum and the places where the referendum should be held for the creation and alteration of regions.

At its first sitting on Tuesday, November 21, the commission met petitioners from the Western Region, who are pushing for the creation of the Western North Region.

The meetings are being held in camera and journalists are only allowed to cover the introductory sessions and have brief interactions with the petitioners.

Briefing the media shortly after the introductory session of the meeting before going into camera, Secretary to the JCC, Kwaku Addeah, explained that the underlying reason for the call for the creation of a new region is for poverty alleviation.

“Basically, it is for one reason. We want the place to be developed, physically and humanly so that we’ll also get our fair share of the national cake. We are not asking for all the cake but at least we must get some,” Mr. Addeah was quoted by Daily Guide as saying.

According to him, 60 years after Ghana gained independence from Britain, the Volta Region remains one of the poorest regions, with little being done to remedy the situation. The region, he lamented, lacks basic amenities like hospitals, universities and good roads, saying that it has been grossly denied its fair share of the national cake for decades.

Asked what accounted for the under-development of the Volta Region, he told DAILY GUIDE that a number of factors were responsible, including what he termed as a deliberate colonial policy not to develop the region.

“…A number of factors. From the colonial days, it was deliberate British policy not to develop the northern side of the Volta Region and the Northern Region. It was a colonial policy and when the colonialists have left, our own people sitting in the regional office did not take good care of the people up north,” he declared.

No decision has been taken on where the regional capital should be sited, should the proposal be honoured by the government to have the new Oti Region created, he told this paper.

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