Campaign Promise Consult stakeholders before splitting Volta Region – Regional House of Chiefs

During the campaign ahead of the 2016 elections the two main political parties in the country both promised to split the Volta Region when they are voted into power.

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The Volta Regional House of Chiefs has called for wide stakeholder consultation as the government takes steps to split the region into two.

The President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs Nana Soglo Alloh IV said the government must ensure that it takes all opinions into consideration before it takes any step on this matter.

“As far as the citizens of the Region are concerned, opinions and views of the split are equally divided, even among chiefs in the region, some in favour of, and some against it. It is, therefore, very important that there must be consultations with the various stakeholders before a final decision on the region is reached.” 

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Nana Soglo Alloh IV was speaking at the first meeting of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs in Ho.

During the campaign ahead of the 2016 elections the two main political parties in the country both promised to split the Volta Region when they are voted into power.

The chiefs mainly in Upper Volta usually called on the presidential candidates to split the Volta region when they assume power.

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Meanwhile, Nana Alloh said traditional leaders have been sidelined in the governance of the country. He said this situation was not the best and asked that they ‘rethink of the role of chiefs in the governance of the nation’.

He also called for the revision of the Volta Region Development Agency (VORDA), established by Togbe Afede XIV, the Regional Coordinating Council and the business community in 2009 as a regional development authority.

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He said although VORDA was instrumental in attracting foreign investors, hiccups such as difficulties in the acquisition of land had caused its dormancy.

He said a reorganisation of VORDA could play a critical role in government’s “one district, one factory” policy and the industrialisation of the Volta Region. Nana Alloh, therefore, called for support from the government in that regard and appealed to it not to abandon social interventions initiated by the previous administration.

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