By Ken Sackey, GNA
Accra, Jan. 14, GNA – Chiefs from the Avenor
Traditional Council in the Volta Region have expressed gratitude to President
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his sense of promise to the development of the
They described as historic, the developments
taking place in the Avenor area, owing to the sound policies of the Government
and the dedication of the President to uplifting the socio-economic fortunes of
Torgbui Dorglo Anumah, Paramount Chief of the
Avenor Traditional Council, who led a delegation to the Jubilee House, Accra on
Monday to thank the President for granting the area a traditional Council
status within a year of his assumption of office, said “your remarkable
achievements have reflected positively on the image of Avenor”.
He said the introduction of policies such as
the Free Senior High School and the Planting for Food and Jobs programme by his
administration, had helped parents to make savings for other family projects,
and had boosted production and put Akatsi, the district capital in the lead as
far as rice production was concerned in the Volta region.
The Paramount chief, who was full of praise
for the President for granting them audience at the seat of government to voice
their concerns, said it was the first time in Ghana’s Fourth Republican
dispensation that the traditional authorities from the area had had the
opportunity to call at the Presidency.
“Mr President, all these developments are
historic, they have never happened in the history of Avenor…this clearly
demonstrates your love and concern for us. This is just the beginning of a
chapter in our relationship with you and the government of the New Patriotic
Torgbui Anumah told the President that the new
status granted the Avenor Traditional Council had strengthened the position of
the chiefs of the area in the discharge of their customary and traditional
rights as an autonomous council without let or hindrance.
“This is a privileged opportunity for which we
are most grateful. It is during your tenure of office that this dream has
become a reality,” he said.
The paramount chief asked the President to
adopt Avenor “as your new home, as you are now regarded as an illustrious son
of the land,” saying, “your remarkable achievements have reflected positively
on the image of Avenor…our doors are open to you anytime you graciously wish to
“Our appreciation cannot be complete, if we
fail to allocate a piece of land to you to build a home here to fortify and
strengthen our relationship…you are now a citizen of Avenor,” he stated.
Torgbui Anumah further assured the President
of the support of the chiefs and people of the Avenor for his bid for a second
term in government.
“You have our firm assurance in support of
your second term bid, and we will make sure that your victory will be
resounding. Our full support is for your government to carry on the good works
you have started”.
The paramount chief appealed for the speedy
elevation of the Akatsi District to a municipal status, and requested for the
immediate exploration of oil in the Avenor Traditional Area.
He was of the belief that the area was rich in
hydrocarbons, as it straddled the Volta Basin, where oil was discovered,
pleading that government found the resources to undertake the project.
“We shall endeavour to support it with all our
might and resources, and help to create the grounds for its successful
exploration,” he assured.
Torgbui Anumah also asked the President to
Modernise the Akatsi Central market to boost commercial activities and the
revenue base of the district assembly, upgrade the Akatsi district hospital to
a fully-fledged hospital with modern equipment, and provide a bus each for the
Avenor Traditional Council and the Avenor Senior High School.
He appealed for presidential recognition for
their newly-instituted festival, the Avenor Tutudosa, so that it could be put
on the national festivals in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo on his part thanked the
people of the area for the confidence they reposed in his administration, and
assured them that their concerns would be addressed systematically in due
He said the exploration of oil in the Avenor
catchment area would be subjected to due process, as the Ghana National
Petroleum Corporation was undertaking feasibility studies to ascertain if the
oil could be explored in commercial quantity.
The President asked the Chiefs and people to
keep their fingers crossed and “hope that at the end of those studies, we will
be able to confirm the process started many years ago, and see if the oil there
is in substantial quantities.”
“We are hoping that if the studies confirm
that there is indeed oil there, we can get as many Ghanaians as possible and
people from the area to be involved in bringing it up and using it for their
development” ,he stated.
The President further advised the chiefs to
carefully and diligently map out the land titles “before we go into this
development, so that when it starts, we are not going to have any difficulties
in any kind of problems”.
The delegation was accompanied by the Volta
regional Minister, Dr Archibald Letsa, Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional
Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi.
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