Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs has reminded Africa’s traditional leaders of their role in ensuring the development of the Continent.
He said collaboration had become necessary towards effective resource utilisation, especially as the chieftaincy institution was advancing with individuals of diverse backgrounds and expertise.
Togbe Tepe Hodo, also President of the Anfoega Traditional Council, made the call when Ambassadors and High Commissioners from nine countries called on the leadership of the House, and said it was time the chieftaincy institution repositioned to affect continental integration and development.
“I know in your countries also you have similar institutions, and so maybe what we should be looking at is some measures of collaboration to see how best we can tap into those resources which would be of benefit towards our goal of Africanization.
“I think that we all owe it as a duty to ourselves particularly, as Africans, to do what we can to assist each other to move this continent forward,” he said.
Among the entourage were ambassadors from Togo, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, India, and Kenya, who had attended the opening ceremony of the Fifth Volta Trade and Investment Fair.
Mr. Eliaphas Barine, Kenyan High Commissioner, extolled Ghana’s cultural heritage, saying the nation “has done so well. Not many of the countries have been able to retain, maintain, and sustain the culture like it has been entrenched so deeply here.
He added that the nation’s chieftaincy institution was also being observed with “great admiration” for among others, the caliber of individuals leading it, and that the visit was to reiterate commitment to sustaining multinational relationships, pledging also that the diplomatic call would help explore areas of collaboration for development.
The High Commissioner noted that with challenging youth employment, agribusiness, ICT and tourism should be the focus of the leadership of the Continent.
The 2021 Volta Trade Fair is a two-week event on the theme “Promoting Sustainable Trade and Investment”, with some 300 exhibitors and thousands of visitors.
It was initiated to expose the Region’s industrial and investment potentials, and is under the auspices of the Volta regional Coordinating Council, the Ministry of Trade, the Association of Ghana Industries and the Ghana Tourism Authority.