A Volta Region pressure group has publicly disagreed with President Akufo-Addo's plans to divide the Volta Region.
According to the pressure group going by the name of the Concerned Volta Youth, if access to the regional capital is the reason for the split, access to the capital can be augmented by concentrating on road and railways.
Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, on Accra100.5FM, on Monday January 16, Jean Claude Koku Amenyaglo, convener of the group argued against the idea of a split Volta Region.
“If the decision to split the region is as a result of lack of access to the regional capital Ho by the districts, then the region needs good transportation systems like road and rail, just as the president has established the Ministry of Railway [Development] so that we will have easy access to our regional capital.”
“Again, there are no statutory funds that government gives to every region for development, and so if there is no such statutory fund for the region, I don’t see the reason why we should think of dividing a region as small as the Volta Region.
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Further elaborating his views, Mr. Amenyaglo expressed that the splitting of the regions may be a misplaced priority on the part of the president. He expressed that work and development were what the people needed.
“Thirdly, the only statutory funds for development are at the assembly level, so we were thinking that instead of the president dividing the region, he should rather focus on the respective MMDAs and empower them financially just as he promised the $1million per constituency for development and the One-District-One-Factory [policy]. That is what we need, not the splitting of the region.”
“Regional demarcations come with a lot of responsibilities: we have to consider land size, we have also to consider the population. The Volta Region’s population is not a population that requires that we split the region.”