Don’t split my kingdom for new region in Volta – Gbi chief

General News of Thursday, 25 January 2018



Togbega Gabusu VI(middle) Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional State in the Hohoe Municipality

The Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional State in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region, Togbega Gabusu VI has appealed that the move to create a new region out of the existing Volta Region shouldn’t affect the current boundaries of his traditional area.

In an interview with Citi News, Togbega Gabusu VI, who expressed his support for the proposals to split the territory, said his subjects would be better served by being part of one jurisdiction rather than being divided, hence his advise that the new demarcations and realignments should not distort his kingdom.

“We the Gbis and for that matter, those from the Hohoe municipality, almost all of us here accepted for the region to be split into two but nothing should be done about taking part of the Hohoe municipality to be added to the proposed region, ” he said. The Gbi State in the Hohoe Municipality consists of nine traditional areas presided over by Togbega Gabusu VI.

There are indications that four of the traditional areas including Lolobi, Santro Kofi, Likpe and Akpafu, who are mostly Guans, wish to join the proposed new region.

Togbega Gabusu advised that attempts to take any of the traditional areas from his jurisdiction might not inure to the benefit and the development of the Hohoe Municipality.

The Divisional Chief of Gbi Abansi, Togbe Adzima V also argued that dividing part of Hohoe would collapse the relevance of the municipality.

“We did not want that one of the towns or a traditional area is set to join the new region leaving others behind. We all know the traditional areas that constitute Hohoe municipality and if the position is to go to the new region then we must go as an entire municipality and divided.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, in fulfilment of his promise for the creation of some new regions out of the existing ones following a number of petitions to him to that effect, constituted a nine-member Commission of Inquiry to look into those petitions.

The commission spent a better part of last week seeking views from the people of the Volta Region in order to advise the President on the viability or otherwise, of the split.

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