Ho, May 11, GNA - The Volta Region Students Association-Ghana (VORSAG) has expressed concern about the heavy toll that prolonged chieftaincy and land disputes in some parts of the region are exacting on its development.
"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 Mr Emmanuel Gemegah, National President of the Association said.
The statement 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 Awomefia of Anlo as "black spots in the heart of the region".
The statement expressed concern about the inability of the Regional House of Chiefs to resolve the stalemate over chieftaincy successions in the region.
It held that it was because of the numerous disputes and the economic malaise that the region was experiencing that all kinds of negative attributives were associated with the region to suggest that no economic gains could be derived from the region.
The statement said in assessing the region's woes, the Association zeroed partly on the traditional leaders who play a greater role in the socio-economic development of the region.
It said that while some chiefs were taking positive steps to facilitate the region's development others continued to pursue agenda that tended to hold back development.
VORSAG appealed to chiefs and influential personalities from the region to co-operate in creating the enabling environment to draw home successful Voltarians desirous of working for the development of the region.
"We again appeal to them to think of us the youthful generation who are beaming with love and dedication for the region and close up their ranks", the release added.
The statement 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 for doing their best to ensure the development of the region.