A community development pressure group based in the U.S, Oti Action Group of North America, (OAGNA) has implored government to speed up the creation of an administrative district.

They include administrative districts for the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) Traditional Areas in the Oti Region.

According to the Conveyor of the group, Immanuel Okrah Boateng, the delay in the process has not only deprived the SALL area of development but also impeded livelihoods and crippled hopes of the residents who contributed effectively to the struggle for the Oti Region. 

He lamented the underdeveloped state of the area indicating some communities still lack potable water, befitting educational and health infrastructure, good access roads, decent places of convenience among others. 

The four traditional areas were carved out of the Hohoe Municipality following the creation of the Oti Region and were promised an administrative district by the Akufo-Addo-led-government.

However, 18 months after President Akufo-Addo presented the Constitutional Instrument 112 which gives the Oti Region legal backing, the government is yet to fulfil that promise.  

”What has compounded the plight of the people is that ever since the current assembly members were elected somewhere in 2019, the assembly members in the affected areas are yet to have any sittings as they don’t belong to any districts in the Oti Region.

“Consequently, the assembly members must scavenge for information to keep their constituents updated with government business”, Mr Boateng stated in a press release.

Mr Boateng, therefore, appealed to the government to act on it’s words ”to calm nerves down and rekindle their hopes in government to bring the development that they yearn for.”