Speaking on behalf of the Omanhene of Banda Traditional Council Okogyedom Nana Kwadwo Sito, Odeefour Duabatabuor Nana Ligbi Wlutie said, The Traditional Council is separating itself from a press conference organized by one Nana Haya Bosom II, chief of Bongase who claimed to be is part of the Banda traditional Council.
The said chief through that press conference spoke and warned the president Nana Addo not to come into issues concerning the people of Lapla of Bongase in Banda district and Bui Power Authority when settlers’ homes were demolished by the Bui Power Authority. The people migrated from volta region and settled at the banks of the lake as fisher folks.
The Traditional Council wants to state emphatically that, “the Bongase cheif is currently on suspension from the council, hence his comments do not represent the stance if the entire Banda Traditional Council”
Nana Wlutie however called on the president to intervene for for the BPA pays the traditional council their due outstanding compensation.
“Not that withstanding, we will call on the president to come to the aid of the residents along the river bank who have lost both their settlements and livelihood to be accorded the needed compensation” Odeefour Duabatabour pleaded.
The Bui Power Authority demolished homes of the migrant fish farmers, mainly from the Volta Region, and subsequently burnt their belongings for illegally staying near the bank of the lake.
In a release signed by the CEO of BPA, Fred Oware, “the demolishing exercise in question was in accordance with the BPA policy of evicting unauthorised persons within the buffer zone around the Bui Reservoir to save the operations of the Bui Generating Station”.
The exercise, which happened without the knowledge of the Banda district security council, angered the chiefs and people of Bongase who later impounded two vehicles belonging to the Authority forcing the CEO to engage the chiefs, Member of Parliament, Assemblyman and the youths to address the situation.
This aroused the Minority in Parliament to embark a fact-finding mission and to commiserate with the displaced people of Lapla at Bongase in the Banda district of Bono Region.
The minority delegation which included Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzra, Clement Kofi Humado, Ato Bondzi, Kobbina Woyome, and Ahmed Ibrahim met the chief of Bongase.
The Bongase chief, Nana Haya Bosom II at a meeting with the NDC MPs therefore said, he will not allow BPA to oppress his people and guest again.
He told the Parliamentarians that he has not sold and will never sell his land to BPA and he will fight off any attempt to control him because of their compensation.
Nana advised the politicians not to do politics with the current situation in the run-up to the general elections, adding, “I will not accept nor tolerate any such happening on my land”.