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It was a colourful ceremony on Friday, June 10 at the Conference Centre of the Akatsi Municipal Assembly in the Volta Region as the Paramount Chief and President of the Avenor Traditional Council, Torgbe Dorglo Anumah VI inaugurated a 45-member committee to supervise the proper planning and development of the traditional area.
In commensuration with the elevation to a fully-fledged traditional council on 14th December, 2017, the Committee will have the immediate task of overseeing the construction of an ultramodern building complex for the Avenor Traditional Council to be sited at Avenorpeme in the Akatsi Municipality. The committee comprises illustrious men of the land and distinguished personalities from the academia and businesses.
The Development Planning and Construction Committee will be chaired by Mr Seth Azaglo with Mr. Sylvanus Sorgbey as the Secretary to the committee. Other members of the committee are Businessman Mr. Alex Dorsu, Mr. David Gasu, Mr. Daniel Gligah, Mr. Thomas Adade, Dr. Kwame Agbenyegah Amezah, Lawyer Peter Samlafo, Hon. Anthony Owusu, Hon. Robert Agede, Miss Anastasia Zanu, Dr. Peter Kassah, Mr. Paul Ayiglo, Mad. Elizabeth Dogbey, Lawyer Prince Asare, Dr. Ruby Gokah, Mr. Philip Nyakpo, Ing. Michael Asare, W.O Thomas Akpaloo, Mr. Philip Zelevu, Mr. Andreas Ahiaku, Mr. Anthony Davordzi- Klutsey, Mrs. Dzifa Gligui- Denueme, Mr. Francis Agbozo, Sir S.K Adzamli, Mr. Atsu Makafui, Dr. Senyo Ackorlie, Prof. Alex Akpablie, Prof Hope Nudzor, Zikpitor George Agbavor.
The rest are Mamaga Yeasisdi III, Mama Sawoshie Sakpaku VI, Torgbui Tali Gafatsi III, Torgbui Borfra Kwasi Awanya II, Torgbui Korbadzi III, Torgbui Horsoo Yibor IV, Torgbui Butuvor II, Torgbui Ahiamadorwu Godome III, Torgbui Ladzekpo Tete Gefu IV, Torgbui Klu Agbonu III, Torgbui Aho IV and Torgbui Alulu Gove V.
In the inaugural address, the Paramount Chief recounted the historical significance of the Avenor Traditional Council which dates back to the 1950s and underscored the need for the people to protect the sanctity and independence of the Council. He further charged the committee to develop its own activities and modules in order to bridge the inequality gap and for the general development of the traditional area.
On his part, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Akatsi Municipal Assembly, Hon. Martin Kofitsey Nyahe, called on the committee to work with unity to realize its core duty and mandate as well as protect the identity of the Avenor area. The MCE drew loud cheers and applause from the participants when he demonstrated togetherness between him and the Member of Parliament of the area present as actors on the opposite end of the political divide. According to him, differences in political ideology should not be a hindrance to the effective work of the Committee.
Hon. Bernard Ahiafor, the MP for Akatsi South constituency in his address expressed delight at the formation of the committee and pledged his availability for the Avenor Traditional Council and the Committee for any kind of support. He reiterated the need for the committee to work in unity and pursue initiatives that promote the economic sustainability of the people. He donated 1,300 bags of cement towards the construction of the building.
Speaking in an interview with DFS Live News, a member of the Committee and a private businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Alex Dorsu expressed joy and appreciation to the Traditional Council for his inclusion and assured the Chiefs and the people of their resolve to work in fulfilment of their mandate. ” I am humbled by my selection because looking at the calibre of the members, I may say I’m even the least so I consider it a divine selection. I will do my best for the success of this committee and the Avenor traditional area” the affable businessman noted.
The traditional event brought together other sub-chiefs in the area as well as indigenes who live in different parts of the country. The Municipal Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) District Head, Principal of the Akatsi College of Education, leading political figures and opinion leaders were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.