Create new regions with caution – House of Chiefs

By
Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Kumasi, Oct. 11, GNA – Tobge Afede XIV, the
President of the National House of Chiefs (NHS), has called for caution in the
creation of new regions in order not to defeat its purpose of taking
development to the doorsteps of the people.

He said reports reaching him indicates that
some misunderstanding was brewing in some of the designated areas as the
process for the creation of the new regions progressed steadily and it is
crucial for the government to ‘tread cautiously’ in order to calm any looming
violence.

Addressing a general meeting of the House in
Kumasi on Wednesday, Togbe Afede cited petitions his office has received from
the chiefs of Lolobi and Akpafu in the Volta Region as well as Chereponi in the
Northern Region who are raising objections to joining the new regions.

He said there were petitions from people
outside the targeted areas who have also expressed the desire to vote in the
referendum.

He said the most important desire of the
people was development but there could not be development without peace.

“It is important that we all work towards
strengthening our peace and unity in order to facilitate the development that
we crave for”, he noted.

“As leaders, we cannot be apathetic spectators
in important matters that affect our peace, unity and development prospects” he
said.

He appealed all parties both in favour and
against the move especially politicians to accept to play by the rules and find
a common ground in the interest of national development.

He reminded members of the House that though
they were precluded from active partisan politics by the constitution, they
could make non-partisan and objective comments on national issues.

The President of the NHC also cautioned
against the growing indiscipline in the society, citing vilification by with insults
by serial callers and vigilantism, saying this was a disincentive to national
peace, unity and development.

He counselled the youth to channel their
energies to productive ventures, while urging government and other stakeholders
to join forces to create opportunities for the youth to contribute meaningfully
to national development.

GNA

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