The Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, has assured the chiefs and people of the region that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, led by President Akufo-Addo, would complete development projects started by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, to ensure smooth continuity, in terms of the development of the region.
The Minister mentioned the Eastern Corridor road, the Ho aerodrome, and the regional library projects started by the previous administration among others, as projects they would pursue.
Dr. Letsa, who was addressing members of the Volta Region House of Chiefs at a general meeting of the House in Ho, stressed that all the development promises made by the NPP would be tackled. He mentioned the “one district, one factory; as well as one village one dam projects.”
He pointed out that the government was mindful of the development needs of the people in the region, and that a modern sports stadium would be built in Ho, and, therefore, called for strong collaboration between chiefs in the region and the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) and the Municipal and District Assemblies, for the effective implementation of the project.
Dr. Letsa also disclosed that as part of government’s development plan for the Volta Region, a bridge would be built across the Oti River in the Krachi East District, to put a stop to the challenges and inconveniences confronting the people.
This, he said, would also promote socio-economic activities that would eventually transform the lives of the people.
He said a number of investors had already shown interest in the building of the bridge across the Oti River at Dambai, as a number of investors had approached the VRCC on the project, and hoped that very soon the necessary documents would be prepared for the commencement of work towards the building of the bridge.
The Regional Minister also drew the attention of the House on the intention of the NPP government to create a new region for the northern part of the Volta Region, which, he stressed, has been the request from chiefs in that part of the region over the years.
According to him, the NPP government has considered the request as relevant to the promotion of development in the northern part of the region.
Dr. Letsa remarked that both the erstwhile NDC administration and the current NPP government all have it in their manifestos to create this new region at the northern part of the Volta region saying this was purely a development issue.
Another area the Minister touched was the promotion of the numerous tourism potentials in the region saying the Volta region abounds in many tourism potentials but unfortunately these potentials have not been developed to the benefit of the people as roads to many of these tourist sites still remained poor.
He said government through the VRCC would collaborate with the Municipal and District Assemblies as well as chiefs to develop these tourism potentials.
Dr. Letsa admonished incoming Municipal and District Chief executives to adopt more effective ways to mobilize internally generated funds.
According to him, they must work closely with the traditional authorities in their respective areas to help ensure harmony.
The Regional Minister admitted that for any meaningful development activities to be carried out in the region peace and unity ought to be the watch word of the people since peace was a prerequisite for development.
The Krachiwura, Nana Mprah Besemuna III, commended the Regional Minister for his elevation to the high position as the regional Minister and drew his attention to the abandoned portions of the eastern corridor road between Kpeve and Peki.
The Paramount Chief of Avatime, Osie Adzatekpor VII advised the Regional Minister to regularly brief chiefs and seek their opinions on matters bothering on the development of the region and should not only wait for the Regional House of Chiefs to meet before addressing them. “You see this is the best way you can get inputs on development from chiefs,” he stressed.