Petitions to Togbe Afede?

According to the President of the National House of Chiefs, he had received petitions from traditional leaders of some towns; Lolobi and Akpafu who rejected their inclusion in the new regions.

“I have received a petition from the chiefs of Lolobi and the Akpafu traditional rejecting their inclusion in the proposed Oti region. I have received petitions from Voltarians who feel entitled to vote in the referendum,” he said.



A publication in the Chronicle newspaper on October 25, however, rubbishes these claim. The story says the Paramount Chief of Akpafu unequivocally backs secession from Volta Region.

The purported traditional rulers from the area that sent the petition, are not known to the Paramount Chief, the publication said.

Benefits of new regions

According to Dr. Oduro-Osae, the new regions would bring governance closer to the people and allow speedy development.

He explained a single fund that a region like the Northern Region relies on will be used more effectively because when the new regions are created from it, the new ones would have their own fund to work with.

It will also lead to the creation of jobs he said. This is because companies and institutions would want to have their regional headquarters in the new capitals and that means more jobs, he noted.

He, however, added that the government must ensure the regions once created, are furnished with the resources and tools they need.

The six new regions are proposed to be carved out of the Northern, Brong Ahafo, Western and Volta regions.