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Regional News of Saturday, 27 January 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Failure to create proposed ‘Oti Region’ will bring tension - Kofi Adams

The National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has asserted that failure to create a new region out of the Volta Region would bring “tension and bad blood” between people in the northern and southern parts of the region.

Speaking at a public hearing in Nsuta-Buem in the Jasikan District, Mr Adams said, “If we fail to create this region, the tension, the bad blood that will exist between the proposed Oti Region and the south will be dangerous for this country to manage.”

“The creation of the Oti Region will bring about the needed unity between the south and the northern part of the region that will become the Oti Region,” he added.

Mr Adams reiterated that the notion behind the demand for a split is “purposely for development”.

He also explained that the move to split the Volta Region is not politically fuelled as both former President Mahama and President Nana Akufo-Addo promised to create the new region during the 2016 electioneering based on pleas from traditional authorities in the northern part of the Volta Region.

Mr Adams argued that, southerners who complained of being marginalized in participating in public hearings by the Commission of Inquiry “have no good reason to oppose the creation of the region” therefore, could not journey to make their points at any of the hearings in the northern part of the Volta Region.

He rallied residents and indigenes in the demarcated ‘Oti Region’ to come out in their numbers to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum.

“We must call all our relatives in the diaspora, Accra and elsewhere to come down to vote, we must all vote yes for Oti Region in the referendum,” he stressed.