By Alfred K Dogbey & Francis Edzorna Mensah
The leadership of the Volta Caucus in Parliament spearheaded by their chairman, Joseph Zaphenat Amenowode, Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe South, on Thursday, July 25 toured the two conflict towns in the region, Nkonya and Alavanyo to show their total support for peace to prevail in the locality.
During the visit, The Herald’s escort observed a very tight security presence in and surrounding vicinities of the two townships.
The joint police and military taskforce were spotted heavily armed, while others were seen in their amour patrol vehicles at various duty posts and checkpoints in their uniforms.
The Volta MPs who were accompanied by the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Francis Ganyaglo first met with the Paramount Chief of Alavanyo, Togbega Tsedze Atakora, VII and the head of security task force in the area.
After brief discussions with the chiefs and elders, held at the premises of Alavanyo Senior High Technical School on how to resolve the protracted violence in the area, the MPs donated GH¢1,000, drinks and a set of jersey to the community.
At Nkonya, similar meeting was held between the parliamentary caucus and the Paramount Chief of Nkonya, Nana Ampem Darko III at his palace. The caucus made the same donations to the chiefs and their elders at Nkonya as well.
Meanwhile, Togbega Atakora VII, is pleading on government to relax the dawn to dusk curfew imposed on the community for smooth farming activity to progress in the area.
He said, the curfew imposed on the area is having a toll on the economic activities of residents in the environs, especially farmers.
The curfew was imposed on the two communities following the recent violence that threatened the peace and security of the communities.
According to him, residents who are predominantly farmers, usually leave home at dawn and return very, but the curfew has disrupted and restrained their farming activities.
“Whether you have finished with the work of the day or not you must set off to the house,” he said, a situation which is greatly affecting livelihoods, he added.
Togbega Tsedze Atakora also called for the building of a police station in Alavanyo to ensure law and order at all times.