By: Collins Anku | Voltaonlinegh.com |
The Chairman of the Joint Consultative Committee for the Oti Movement, Krachiwura, Nana Mprah Besemuna III has asked self-styled constitutional lawyers challenging the procedures for the creation of the proposed Oti region to educate the public on what the right constitutional procedures are.
He believed the constitution is on their side, thus, they are much focused, prepared and are pursuing the agenda till the region is created.
According to him, all the processes that were spelt out in the constitution for the creation of new regions have been meticulously gone through, leaving the final requirement of the conduct of referendum in the affected areas by the electoral commission.
The Krachiwura made the assertions during an official launch of a 9-member Oti Referendum Campaign Committee at Kadjebi in the Kadjebi District of the Volta Region.
The Committee’s work will be reinforced by municipal and district chief executives and members of parliament in the Oti enclave with the objective of spearheading the agenda to ensure an overwhelming 100 per cent YES votes on 27 December, 2018
Nana Besemuna noted that the creation of a new region will deepen decentralization with all the related benefits in terms of governance, including the injection of more resources into the area for accelerated development, creation of jobs, and the coordination of development programmes.
He debunked claims of tribal or ethnic agenda to their demand for the new region saying, such claims were either borne out of plain ignorance or deliberate mischief, both of which cannot serve as excuse for the beating of war drums by their detractors.
“We wish to state emphatically that the sole objective and purpose for the creation of Oti region is to bring about development to the people of the area,” he stressed.
He cautioned against inciteful comments saying, war is a serious business and not an expedition to go and cover snails and so advised their detractors to stop threatening them in their quest for freedom of governance.
He assured that the people of the Oti area will not be perturbed or get involved in the beating of war drums by their opposers.
“We think the government is capable of taking care of our security and our safety so we are not preparing for any war, but if some people think they will declare war on us, we look to the government for our defense,” he explained
The Chairman of the Oti Referendum Campaign Committee, Martin Akottey on behalf of the committee, thanked the chiefs and the people for the faith and confidence imposed in them and pledged to do all within their power to deliver on their mandate.