Concerned Citizens of Volta, a progressive pressure group championing the development of Volta Region has registered its strongest protest against the creation of the Oti Region.
The group implored the Justice Brobbey Commission to advise President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to approach his constitutional right with tactfulness in order to keep the socio-politico, religious and cultural hegemonic power of the Volta intact for posterity sake.
The group presented a five point petition to the Justice Brobbey Commission against the creation of a new region, signed by six people including Vincent Hodoli aka Torgodomakpa, leader, Maclean Dagadu, Sefadzi Hali aka Osofo, Fred Dumenu, Wonder Agbeko, Frank Justice and Attipoe Prosper and copied to the Regional Minister, Volta MP caucus, Regional House of Chief, religious bodies, Civil Society Organizations and the media.
The group noted in the petition that the normative approach with which the President might be exercising his constitutional rights under the 1992 constitution is an unwarranted move that would bring negative tendencies such as hatred, confusion, legal tussle, land litigation, disunity, political manipulation, border disputes and fighting and revulsion among others ostensibly in the name of bringing development to the door step of the people.
The pressure group was at a loss as to why the petitioners thought by dividing the region into two smaller units, government could allocate the needed resources with pragmatic efforts towards achieving their elusive goal.
The petition stated that it is ridiculous for government to be sub-dividing regions and districts into smaller units than football fields before it can achieve its needed development agenda.
It demanded to know if Volta in its current form and size is bigger than Ashanti and Eastern Regions, which are fully developed to the extent that they do not need any further development for Volta Region to suffer disintegration before development could be realized.
“Could it be said that the government has an ulterior rather that genuine motive?”
The group called on traditional authorities, MPs from the region, civil society Organizations, religious bodies, traditionalists, political parties and progressive youth activists and like minded Voltarians to sit up and condemn the Akufo-Addo/ Bawumia government’s noxious and non-progressive agenda.
“We do not want to believe the Bash radio’s news of a possible twist of arms by government to keep people silent while this injustice of disintegrating the region continues.”
They urged the Volta MPs and other political appointees to speak against the obvious creation of disunity and attempts by the NPP government to disintegrate the region.
By Vandyck Asante, Ho