6 July 2012

Ghana: Minister Complains of Bad Job in Boundary Demarcation

Ho — The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel, has accused government officials who demarcated the boundaries for the newly created districts and the sitting of their capital of failing to execute a job, resulting in the chaotic situation in some parts of the region.

He noted that protests that have greeted the naming of Battor as the capital for the newly created North Tongu district could have been avoided, if those who took the decision considered a number of factors.

The Minister, who was speaking at a meeting with the members of the National Peace Council in Ho recently, noted that the Dorfor Traditional area, which comprises of Fodzoku, Torgorme and Volo, was far bigger than Battor, yet the capital had been given to the latter.

As a result of this decision, Mr. Kamel said the Dorfor Traditional Council had been preventing tax collectors from collecting taxes at the Juapong market, which the latter believes should have been the capital of the new North Tongu district.

The Regional Minister, therefore, appealed to the Peace Council to help his outfit deal with the situation and others scattered across the region.

Mr. Henry Ford Kamel also told the National Peace Council members that peace was gradually returning to Hohoe, and urged them to help deepen the peace process, by intervening to ensure that key demands from the Gbi Traditional Council, such as the return of the missing regalia, were met.

The Minister also revealed that the Regional Security Council intended replacing the two vehicles which were burnt at the palace during the disturbances, and also renovate the palace as part of the peace process.

The Regional Minister explained that looking at the conflict situations in the sub-region, particularly, the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Regional Security Council had decided to handle the case tactfully.

The Chairman of the Peace Council, the Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, on his part, expressed worry over agitations for the siting of capitals for some of the newly created districts in the country.

According to him, peace should of utmost importance to every Ghanaian, and that his outfit would adopt the right strategy with stakeholders to ensure an atmosphere of peace in the country.

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, whose mission was to explore how to bring lasting peace to Hohoe and other hot spots in the region, commended the Regional Security Council for the professional manner in which the Hohoe conflict was handled.

Most Rev. Prof. Asante pointed out that the maintenance of peace in the country should concern every Ghanaian, noting that the 'Better Ghana' agenda of the ruling government would come to nothing, if efforts at maintaining peace eluded the nation.

Prof. Emmanuel Asante was also fully satisfied with the professional manner in which media practitioners in the Volta Region had been handling information concerning the Hohoe conflict, and stressed that the role of the media in the maintenance of peace was crucial, because any unguided statements made by the practitioners could lead to conflicts.

A Member of the National Peace Council, Rev. Dr. Nii Amu Darko, said the security situation in the country was worrying, as the 2012 general election was getting closer, and that it was very important to form District and Regional Peace Councils to ensure that there was peace at all levels of society, as the National Peace Council would remain the central point at which all the districts and regional peace councils would operate.

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