The traditional rulers in the Hohoe Municipality have appealed to the Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Amenowode to help ensure that development is extended to the northern part of the region to give meaning to the development plan of the government.
The chiefs alleged that the northern part of the region had been neglected for far too long in the distribution of development projects which did not help in opening up the area for potential investors to take advantage of the numerous economic potentials there.
According to the chiefs, previous governments made promises to extend development to the northern part of the region, which were not fulfilled. They are, therefore, hopeful that the new NDC administration would live up to its campaign promises.
The Paramount Chief of the Gbi traditional area and the immediate past President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs, Togbega Gabusu VI made the appeal when he recently led a delegation of chiefs, Queen mothers and elders from the Hohoe Municipality to call on the new Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Amenowode, who hails from the area.
Togbega Gabusu noted that the region abounds in numerous potentials including tourism, but was yet to be fully tapped. He mentioned the Wli water falls, Tafi Atorme Monkey sanctuary, Gemi Mountain at Amedzofe and mountain Afadzato as some of the tourism attraction that must be developed to create jobs for the unemployed.
He expressed concern about the poor road network in the region, particularly in the northern part, and appealed to the Minister to ensure that the Eastern corridor road linking the Northern part of the country was reconstructed and tarred to open up the region.
The Paramount Chief assured the Regional Minister of the support of the chiefs and people to enable him (the Minister) and the Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) to be able to execute development projects in the region.
The Regional Minister, Joseph Amenowode commended them for the visit and assured them that the government would work hard to bring the needed development to the region and called for the support and collaboration of the people to enable the NDC administration to achieve its development agenda.
Mr. Amenowode said one important thing that would accelerate development of the region was that Members of Parliament (MPs) and district chief executives were in the same party and it would afford rapid development of the region as compared to the previous regime where all the district chief executives belonged to one party and the MPs also belonging to another party.
The Regional Minister mentioned Asikuma- Hohoe-Jasikan-Nkwanta –Brewaniase-Nkwanta-Damanko, as well as the Sogakope- Adidome-Ho –Fume roads that would soon be tarred.