A Volta Region interest advocacy group, ‘Voice of Volta’ has called for the reawakening of traditional authorities and indigenes of the Volta region to push for the total development of the region.
According the group, despite the region is endowed with both natural and human resources; it is still slugging behind in almost every facet of development, hence the need for a renaissance, which would propel everyone into action to uplift the region unto a better developmental pedestal.
Addressing journalists at a press briefing in Ho last Friday, the group’s Secretary, Mr Charles Siayor stated that, the renaissance should be culturally driven by traditional authorities in the region, who “in contemporary times, lead the way in fighting underdevelopment”.
He further stated that “No nation or people could move forward if its body-politics is incoherent” and called for a strong bonding between chiefs and their people as a precursor to creating the atmosphere, for the take-off everybody was asking for.
This, according to Mr. Siayor could be the only way to “raise a formidable front as a people to dialogue with governments and local authorities to influence the development agenda of the region”.
The group also bemoaned the decay in societal values, which was breeding disrespect for traditional authority. “We condemn the frivolous anti-chieftaincy remarks on the streets and public places and we are utterly opposed to disparaging remarks about chiefs on radio.”
Mr Siayor therefore called for “a thorough sanitizing of chief-subject relations based on respect for traditional authorities”.
Interim chairman of the group, Mr. Emmanuel Ashigbi, also entreated indigenes of Volta region elsewhere to contribute towards the region’s development by investing in economic activities back home which create jobs for the people.
Present at the Press Briefing were representative of the Group across the region.