By: Obrempongba Kwame Owusu | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Paramount Chief of Kpassa Traditional Area in the Nkwanta North District of the Volta Region, Ubor Konja Tassun VI has warned chiefs at the southern Volta who are opposing the creation of the proposed Oti Region not to mistake the silence of the chiefs and people in the Oti enclave to be cowardice.
He said the people in the Oti area are not cowards but peace loving people but are also ever ready for anyone who will resist them by any attempt to deny their right or mar the processes leading to the creation of the new Oti Region.
Addressing a rally at Kpassa to encourage residents to check that their names are in the voter register to enable them vote during the referendum, the Paramount Chief emphasised that lands in the Oti enclave are not owned by the people of southern Volta neither is Volta Region a kingdom one must seek permission from before getting it divided.
He appealed to citizens in the Oti enclave to go and check their names to enable them vote in the referendum scheduled for December 27.
The Electoral Commission has commenced the exhibition of Voters register exercise in only the 47 districts in the proposed Western North, Oti, Savannah and Brong East regions in readiness for the referendums later.
The exercise was as a result of recommendations by a nine-member Commission of Enquiry set up by government last year to solicit views of people in the areas where the demands were made.
Although the demand for the regions are aimed at facilitating development and fast-tracking the decentralisation of the governance process, it provoked some agitations from the people of the Volta Region who believed that government could get the needed development to the people without carving out the proposed Oti from the region.
The District Chief Executive for the area, Jackson Kwame Jakayi revealed that the fighting of the region started forty years ago and both National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) had it in their manifestos to grant their demand.
He described as “unfortunate” provocative statements coming from people who are expected to know better, especially some chiefs from the southern Volta.
He therefore encouraged residents to go out and check their names to enable them vote during the referendum.
Some residents of the area expressed optimism that the new region when created would bring jobs and also improve socio- economic activities in the area.