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Jubilation engulfed the entire Adaklu traditional area last Thursday as the chiefs and people of area defied a heavy downpour to celebrate the inauguration of their new Adaklu district at Adaklu Waya, the district capital in the Volta region.
The chiefs who were dressed in their royal regalia with hundred of their enthusiastic subjects clad in white were drumming and dancing in the heavy rain which delayed the programme for hours.
Mr. Francis Segbefia, Assembly Member for Waya the creation of the district for the area was not an easy task as they have been lobbying since 2003. ‘It took us warfare of intense dialogue, press conferences, agitations and demonstrations for us to have this district’ he emphasized.
Mr. Segbefia however said, the creation of the district would change the development agenda of the Adaklu traditional area.
Delivering the inaugural address on behalf of President Mills, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel Volta regional minister said the creation of new Assemblies represented the fulfillment of one of the many promises in the 2008 National Democratic Congress (NDC) manifesto.
He said the establishment of new districts would deepen democracy and decentralization towards a better Ghana.
He said government expected “nothing less than full and active” participation of the chiefs and people in the Assembly.
He said a District Resourcing Programme was being worked out within the framework of the recently launched Public Private Partnership Strategy, to provide each assembly with an office block, assembly hall and bungalows for its staff.
Mr. Kamel said basic needs strategy was also being worked out to ensure a minimum of two senior high schools, a district hospital, potable water and electricity for the district capital and access road to the district capital.
The Paramount chief of Adaklu Traditional area, Togbe Gbogbi Atsa V, who was full of praise for the government, pledged the readiness of traditional authorities to make the Adaklu District a point of reference for excellence in good governance.
“We want to assure the President that if local governance would become a tourist attraction in Ghana, it will surely start from the Adaklu District Assembly”, he said.
He said the chiefs and people of the traditional area were grateful to the President for fulfilling his campaign promise, and they would reciprocate the gesture by using the district as an instrument for development of the area.
Togbe Atsa commended the people for their resilience and support during the ‘fight’ for the district and urged them to support the new Assembly to grow.
The Adaklu traditional area consists of over forty small towns and villages which has enormous agricultural and tourism potentials.