The Chiefs and people of Kpalime Traditional Area in the South Dayi District Chief have said they feel left out of the developmental agenda of the nation, and demanded immediate action towards the provision of socio-economic infrastructure.
However, their District Chief Executive, Mr Kafui Semenu Bekui has explained efforts were underway to address their needs so they should exercise patience.
At a durbar to mark their “Kpalikpakpa” festival at Todome-Kpalime on Saturday, the chiefs and people of Kpalime said in a welcoming address: “We see with delight development projects springing up all over the country at great speed, including our own South Dayi.
“However, it is strange that the Tongor, Kpalime and Kpeve traditional areas are not seeing much of these projects.”
They said they were no longer in the mood to accept promises to construct the single economically important 14.5 kilometre road linking the Todome-Kpalime and Tongor Dzemeni markets after several promises to construct it into an all-weather-road.
“The promises are enough for now so we want immediate action on that road,” they said.
They stated that they were no longer in the mood for campaign promises to provide them with potable water.
“We can no longer bear the neglect,” they said.
The DCE, however, contended that the “Kpalis” had not been left out”.
Mr Bekui enumerated 19 school infrastructural projects spread among Wege-Kpalime, Todome, Tsate, Kaira, Toh and Kpalime-Duga.
He said, “Contracts to provide potable water to Kpalime and Tongor areas had been duly signed and the contractors were introduced to the people and the sites where they are to work.”
“It is just a matter of time and the whole district will be covered with electricity from the national grid,” he assured.
Mr Bekui said the Todome-Dzemeni road is one of the arteries under the Eastern Corridor Road Project to be executed.
He urged landowners in the traditional area to take advantage of the Government’s Plantation Programme while young people should embrace the Government’s Local Economic Skills Development Programme (LESDEP) and Youth in Employable Skills Development Programme.
He advised the seven communities in the Kpalime Traditional Area to undertake projects to serve as monuments to successive “Kpalikpakpa” festivals as is the case at Kaira where a kindergarten project is underway.
These communities are Kaira, Wegbe-Kpalime, Kpalime-Duga, Toh, Tsate, Todome and Kpale.
The theme for this year’s celebration was, “Peace and Unity, Vital Tool for Development”.