Traditional Chief Commends Government for Fulfilled Promises
From Kofi Nsenya, Peki-Tsame
The Paramount Chief of the Gbi traditional area, Togbega Gabusu VI has commended the government for fulfilling promises made to the people of the Volta region. He said, three years ago, he had criticized the government for making promises regarding development, which it did not fulfill.
But, now, he said that he was satisfied with the seriousness government has attached to delivering on the promises made to the people of the region.
Togbega Gabusu said this in a speech read for him at this year’s Gbi Dukorza, points to the ongoing road construction, provision of infrastructure in schools, health, the establishment of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) among others as evidence of fulfilled promises by the government.
He, however, expressed disappointment that work on the eastern corridor road between Asikuma junction, Peki-Have to Hohoe was rather slow, as greater portions of the road to Hohoe were still deplorable.
Togbega also urged the government to find urgent solutions to the economic challenges confronting the nation such as the increasing number of unemployed youths including university graduates.
Unemployment and economic difficulties, he said, had led to young men taking to “sakawa,” an avenue for acquiring wealth through rituals, while the women had resorted to prostitution.
For a solution, Togbega Gabusu advised leaders to organize regular economic and investment forums for the youth to enable them to understand and appreciate the opportunities available to them to live dignified lives.
The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Francis Ganyaglo expressed satisfaction about the Gbi Dukorza as the celebration had over the years been used to mobilize both human and material resources for development.The regional minister said, the festival has engendered peace and unity among the people of the two traditional areas and lauded the sound leadership of the traditional rulers for their efforts in enhancing development.
Mr. Ganyaglo also commended the chiefs and people of Peki for the peaceful manner in which the final funeral rites of the late paramount chief Togbe Kwadzo Dei was organized and urged the kingmakers to ensure that efforts to get a new paramount chief should be done peacefully.
Mr. Ganyaglo, therefore, appealed to traditional leaders and family heads to help abolish all socio-cultural practices that affected the development of women in the country such as early marriages and female genital mutilation, to enable women to harness their potentials to support national development efforts.
Touching on development activities in the Volta region, the Minister said he was happy that chiefs in the region have come out boldly to commend the government for delivery on its promises and mentioned the eastern corridor road where work appear to have been slow, had all the sections awarded, and work will soon be complete.
Mr. Ganyaglo also said that work on the construction of an airport in the regional capital, Ho was progressing following the cutting of sod by President Mahama.
He called on all to have confidence in the government and support it to accomplish the numerous development projects being executed.