The traditional authorities of Fodome, in the Hohoe Municipalityof the Volta Region, are calling on the government to rename the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) – Hohoe Campus, as an honor to the traditional area.
According to the chiefs, the name of the region's premier University, should be changed and given an appropriate name as "UHAS –Fodome Campus", because of the school's present location under their jurisdiction, after freely given out tract of lands.
This demand, was made by the newly installed Asafofiaga of Fodome (the Development Chief),Togbe Agbefle I, during his inaugural ceremony onThursday, May 27, 2021 at Fodome Helu – the ancestral town of the area.
Addressing the durbar, Togbe Agbefle I, said, "You may be aware that the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) has a campus in Hohoe. Precisely, the University is sited on Fodome land and therefore the appropriate name ought to be UHAS, Fodome Campus."
His call was welcomed with huge applauds from the mammoth gathering which included; the Paramount Chief of Fodome Traditional Area, Togbega Gbedegbleme Akpatsa II himself, sub-chiefs, Queen mothers, elders, as well as hundreds of invited guests who graced the historic event.
According to him, the traditional area has vast lands around the campus of the University which are suitable for various business developments such as hostels for students, banking, agricultural purpose, among others.
"We have lands in the immediate surroundings of the campus for hostel developments, Mobile Money and other financial services such as banking, insurance, health (scanning services, pharmaceuticals, laboratories, etc), IT infrastructural investments, large scale farming and general commercial activities. Talk to me directly to take advantage of these opportunities," he appeals.
Known in private life as Richard Kafui Agala, the new Asafofiaga, was born in a royal family, from the Totinyigbe Clan in Fodome Helu. He succeeded Togbe Ayisah II, following his unfortunate demise in 2020.
In his speech, Togbe Agbefle I assured his people of his commitment to ensure the growth and total transformation of the Fodome Traditional Area.
"I have joined you now formally to build Fodome together and by the grace of God we shall succeed. Togbega, just as my forbearers served your predecessors, I assure you, that I will serve you to the best of my ability. You have my undiluted loyalty," he assured.
According to him, "I accepted this role for one major reason; to make available to my people, especially our teeming youth, my vast experiences acquired across time to create for them, opportunities that bring about improvement and growth in their lives. As your Development Chief and mayor of Fodome Helu (as you have assigned me), be assured again of my loyalty and unalloyed support for all developmental projects that will be initiated".
He indicated, "As a first step towards our youth mobilization and cohesion agenda, plans are afoot to constitute the youth of Helu into various Asafo groups. While warfare is no longer a feature of contemporary culture, these Asafo groups will become vehicles of our developmental agenda. The role of the youth will be so critical in making "the Fodome Helu agenda as a city of choice", a reality."
The new Asafofiaga is confident, that he will discharge his cardinal duties to his people with faithfulness and with all honesty.
"Please, have my pledge and assurance that I will rule you with love, fairness and understanding and will do so by God's guidance and wisdom. Totinyigbe will rise again, Totinyigbe will work again! I will build on the foundation already laid by my predecessors, which propelled Totinyigbe to very enviable heights in all facets of life in the past," he assured.
In a bid to prove his readiness to champion the development of the area, the Asafofiaga has established a development fund called, "Helu Development Fund", which is geared towards infrastructure development and interventions of the area. He said, the contributions into this Fund will be put to good use.
He therefore, invites all indigenes of the area, both home and abroad, as well as business associates and investors to come onboard to invest in the area.
"At this point, I urge sons and daughters of Fodome, including those in the diaspora to join hands with us in rebuilding a united and progressive community.
I also invite my colleagues, friends, business associates and investors including those watching us live from Cambridge University and other locations across the world, to look to Fodome for its immense agricultural lands, tourism and an emerging commercial and business potential. We will support you."
Togbe Agbefle I, is a banking professional and presently works as an Assistant General Manager at Guaranty Trust Bank, Ghana, where he provides leadership at the institution's Wholesale Banking Division.
He joined GTBank which is a pan-African bank presently headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011 as the Head of Financial Institution and Custody Services.
Previously, he worked with IC Securities - a renowned broker firm licensed under Ghana Securities and Exchange Commission - as a financial analyst and rose through the ranks to become the company's Institutional and Retail Sales Manager in 2010.
Earlier in time, between January 2006 and August 2006, he'd also played the role of a Community Affair Analyst for Golden Star Resources Ltd.
As an old boy of St. Augustine College, Richard Kafui Agala, as he was called in private life, obtained his secondary school certificate in 2000 before proceeding to study for his BA (Hons) degree in Economics at the University of Ghana where he graduated with distinction in 2005.
Adjudged as one of Ghana's Best Emerging Millennium Leaders in 2010, he was presented with a prestigious British Chevening scholarship by the British High Commission and he moved to the United Kingdom to study his Masters in Finance at the Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge and completed in 2011.