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General News of Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Neglect of Oti led to region's creation - Rawlings tells NDC

Former President Rawlings says the creation of the Oti Region out of the once Volta Region is due to years of neglect NDC.

He says though some interest groups approached him to speak out on the creation of Oti Region, he was constrained by the reality of deprivation in the area by his own party.

Mr. Rawlings recounted that when the division of the then Volta Region was dawning, some chiefs and people were against it.

“Some Cadres came to see me about the division that was about to take place, serious-minded people like you to come and see me in this issue obviously expect me to also say something about it.”

He said he rather looked them in the face and quizzed them about the level of deprivation there. “They suffered there for almost eight years, didn't you think a politician will take advantage of this situation," Mr. Rawlings quizzed.

"Of course. Yes, that was the reality they all kept quiet throughout. Nobody authored a word. I did what I could," he added.

Mr. Rawlings was addressing the National Cadres Conference in Kumasi, under the theme’ "Effective Mobilization and Organisation for Victory 2020: The Role of Cadres’’.

Creation of the Oti Region carved out of the then Volta Region generated controversy with some traditional leaders in Akpafu and Lolobi rising against the inclusion of their traditional area.