By Cecil Mensah
The National Union of Sefwi Students (NUSS), an umbrella body of tertiary students from Sefwi in the Western Region, has called on the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a matter of urgency to divide the region.
According to the President of the Association, Master Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi, the region should be divided into two like it was done in the Northern Region that led to the creation of the Upper East and Upper West Regions, under Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings.
Master Appiah-Kubi, made this call in an interview with the media after a durbar of Sefwi students held in Accra over the weekend.
The students were drawn from three tertiary institutions namely; University of Ghana, University of Professional Studies, and KAF University College.
In attendance were the Paramount Chief of Sefwi and President of the Sefwi Anhwiaso Traditional Council, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, Member of Parliament for Juaboso Constituency, Mr. Kwabena Mintah Akandor, Mr Joseph Aidoo otherwise known as Big Aidoo and owner of KAF University College, among others.
He said, it makes no economic sense forthe people living in places like Sefwi Akontonbrah of the Sefwi traditional area to travel all the way to Takoradi, the regional capital to access services like the acquisition of passports, buy admission forms, etc.
He proposed that the region be divided into two namely, Western North and Western South, to save the people of the Sefwi area the hustle of traveling several kilometres to the regional capital.
He said, Sefwi was no mean area, because it contributesimmensely to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, because the area is the raw materials hub of the country.
He took the opportunity to thank the Paramount Chief of the area for taking time off his busy schedules to grace the occasion like the durbar of students.
He said, the Paramount Chief, has shown leadership that must be replicated by all the four Paramount Chiefs in the Sefwi area.
Addressing the youth, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, appealed to prominent people from the area to help set up a scholarship fund to assist needy, but brilliant students.
He urged, the students gathered to be discipline in all aspects of their lives, be it learning and reminded them that, they are the light of the Region.
He appealed to them to eschew partisan politics when it comes to issues of the development of the Sefwi area.
On his part, Mr. Joseph Aidoo, who is also the Western Regional Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), said as part of his contribution towards transforming the lives of the youth from the area, he had made it a policy of KAF University College to offer free education to all qualified students from the area.
He said, there are currently over one hundred students studying various subjects at KAF, without paying a dime.
He said, these are some of the interventions being rolled out to improve upon the lives of the youth from the area.
He appealed to parents to assist their wards enroll into the school to enable them save cost, adding that all a parent need is a letter from the Paramount Chief of the Sefwi Traditional area, the District Chief Executive or the Member of Parliament, indicating that the child is of Sefwi descent living in any part of the country.
He said, this is not about politics, anybody can apply irrespective of the political divide one belong to.
He called on the students to light the torch of Sefwi area in all their dealings outside the scope of learning.