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11.05.2005 Regional News

Volta Region Students Association expresses concern about chieftaincy disputes

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Ho, May 11, GNA- The Volta Region Students Association-Ghana (VORSAG) has expressed concern about the adverse effect of chieftaincy and land disputes on the development of the region.

" We must reiterate that though the Volta Region is endowed with mineral deposits, numerous tourist attraction sites and beautiful culture of all shades, yet it glitches behind in development", a release signed by Emmanuel Gemegah, National President of the Association said. The release cited the age- old bad blood between the people of Peki and Tsito, Nkonya and Alavanyo, disturbances in the Kete-Krachi area and the row over the location of the capitals of newly created districts and the confusion over the successor to the late Awoamefia of Anlo as "black spots in the heart of the region".

The release expressed dissatisfaction about the inability of the Regional House of Chiefs to resolve the stalemate over chieftaincy successions, explaining that such disputes could be attributed to the economic malaise that the region was experiencing. It observed that while some chiefs were taking positive steps to facilitate the region's development others continued to pursue agenda, which tended to stall progress.

VORSAG therefore appealed to chiefs and influential personalities from the region to cooperate in other to create the enabling environment to draw home citizens from the region who is desirous to work for development.

"We again appealed to them to think of us the youthful generation .... beaming with love and dedication for the region and close up their ranks", the release added.

The release commended the President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Togbega Gabusu of Gbi Traditional Area, the Agbogbomefia of Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, the Dufia of Alakple, Togbe Kporku and Togbe Klikor whom it said were doing their best to ensure to ensure the development of the region.

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