By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
Torgbuiga Adzrakpanya VI, President of Afife Traditional Council in the Ketu North District of the Volta Region has pledged his “unalloyed and unflinching commitment and allegiance” to the Awoamefia of Anlo State, Torgbui Sri III.
He said the new status as a council was not “an attempt to extricate the Afife Traditional Council from the Anlo State,” saying, he and his people are and will continue to be Anlos because their “umbilical cord” remains in Anlo State.
The President of the newly inaugurated council assured of his readiness to respond to the call of the Awoamefia anytime and hoped that the Awoamefia will be good to him and his people in times of need.
“I want to assure you that whenever you call me, rain or shine, I am ever ready to respond to your call and honour your invitation, Torgbui. I hope and pray that whenever I am also in any difficulty or need, you will not hesitate to extend a hand of assistance to me.
Torgbuiga Adrakpanya VI made the pledge during the inauguration of Afife Traditional Council on Wednesday. His traditional council was among 5 new traditional councils inaugurated in the region.
The 3-day inauguration exercise in the Volta Region formed part of series of programmes by government to end chieftaincy disputes in the region and other parts of the country.
The first day saw the inauguration of councils at Afife and Adaklu, which were formerly under Anlo and Asogli respectively. On Thursday, Ziavi and Logba formerly under Asogli and Akpini respectively and on Friday, Wusuta, formerly under Akpini Traditional Council were inaugurated.
Torgbui Sri III who chaired the inauguration at Afife, in his opening remark, emphasised on the need for unity among Anlos and Ewes, adding that they speak one language and have a lot of things in common which could be harnessed to bring development to their people.
Torgbui Sri also hinted of formation of Anlo Dukor Council which will bring all traditional councils in Anloland under one fold to for a united front.
Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, in inaugurating the councils, said the newly created traditional councils were a demonstration of the prominence government attached to the chieftaincy institution.
He urged the new councils to use the new status for cohesion to ensure development in their areas, saying, “the traditional council should integrate the people of the traditional area for development, not disintegration.”
Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Maxwell Blagodzi who represented the Regional Minister congratulated the new traditional councils and wished them well in the task ahead of them which is to ensure bringing development to their various traditional areas.