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REGIONALIZING OTI-A BLESSING,NOT A CURSE (KRATSA)

 

Traditionally, regional planners and social scientists have used two classificatory viewpoints in delineating regions (Brown and Holmes 1971) and these are functional and formal regions. Opposers to the creation of the Oti region should note that regionalization is the process of defining regions hitherto regions are artificial creations not natural so then if we waiting for an army of angels to descend from above the heavens to devise developmental strategies for us as everyone will have it, it will be hard for us to break as a nation. As if that isn’t enough, our dream to fly in the jet ages of the world’s body will forever remain a mirage instead of reality, not just that we will perish beneath the rising economies before the end of few ages to come. It is worthy of note that regions are what geographers use to divide the world of nations into sections to solve spatial issues been it economic, political, administrative, and or socio-cultural.

It is also worthy of note-taking that nothing in the world is frozen, everything is in motion including the ocean, and institutions are substituting for exclusions including theories of development losing faith for others which has the efficacy in the world’s body to deliver and anyone not receptive to such changes is left to rot in antiquity. Interestingly, In 1960, Nkrumah got for Ghana a development plan with many elements of the growth pole concept propounded by Albert Hirschman (1958) where concentration was at certain locations to develop first for it to trickle down to other areas to also develop thus a top-down approach to development between a core/center (southern Volta) and a periphery (northern Volta/Oti enclave) so that propulsive units (all dominant economic activities) should take place at the core (southern Volta) and over time, development trickles down to the periphery (northern Volta). Unfortunately, this approach though a bit relevant but insignificant today has been criticized on an industrial scale by Gurnna Myrdal to have produced what we call a ‘backwash effect’ rather than a trickle-down effect reaping all the good things of the periphery or the lagging region (northern Volta) of their resources, raw materials, human capital and leaving behind poor social infrastructure, food insecurity and many more. In fact, by the 1970s the interest in the concept had dwindled after its application failed to yield the anticipated outcome (Gilbert, 1974). Fortunately, no meaningful development could be achieved today without decentralization and any anti decentralized body in recent times is described out fashioned, archaic, colloquial, outmoded good for nothing but drawers of waters from deeper wells and for that matter children of a lesser god. In terms of landmass, it was said that the Oti enclave covers about 51% whereas the southern part takes approximately 49% however development is polarized, skewed and unbalanced and arranged in a manner that is called whimsical disarray. for example, the Oti enclave has got only about 17 senior high schools and 59 highly developed in the southern Volta. Why is it also that there are about 17 teacher training colleges of education at the south but only two within the Oti enclave? Why is it that there are two universities at the southern states and none at the Oti enclave, why do we have about 27 police divisional commands whereas only 6 at the Oti enclave, why are there over 40 doctors at the southern part and only 7 at the Oti enclave.

(Owusu Robert,2018)? Permit us even if we offend the figures, the message doesn’t change its meaning.  By statutory act, the government is obliged to build empires to initiate policies in regional and District capitals so then We are yet to be convinced by opposers that when the region is delimited, it would not bring to light new regional coordinating council with many departments, secondly we are yet to be told that the exercise will not restore the respect for chiefs but rather vice and that construction of new regional hospitals and establishments of universities are not possible growth and development that is highly likely to take place. We could not have much altitude to rework the old ideas already made known in many articles just to bring to light the advantages associated with the creation of the new regions. What we intend to do here is to register our full support and endorse and make public that we the Krachi tertiary students association are fully ready to do anything good to bring to us our region. We beg to just add our voice to the many such as the Krachiwura Nana Mprah Besemuna III and chairman of the joint consultative committee (JCC) of Oti movement the advocating group for the creation of the new region out of Volta, the Justice Brobbey commission and all stakeholders to re-echo that hands should be taken off the northern territory of the Volta region. The views as held by some group of people that the northern territory belongs to the Ewes are incorrect, erroneous, logically inconsistent, do not hold water, and lies flat in the face of truth.

History reminds us that it was only in the 1950s the period when the Germans brought us together with the Ewes that we got to know them and that does not in any way supposed that we are under them and should not forget to remember and acknowledge that the demand for new regions is for development and has got nothing to do with ethnicity. It is rather a good counsel to entrepreneur to own a market of their own because like it is said the freedom to create has to some extent linked with the facility of access yet to materialize.

Krachi Tertiary Students Union

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