An indigent of the great Volta Region, Economist, Lecturer and the Dean of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Business School Professor John Gatsi has condemned attack on Voltarians in the Ketu South Constituency and it’s adjoining communities.
In a statement, the renowned professor expressed worry over the deployment of heavy military personnel by President Akufo-Addo’s government to the Volta Region without any proper explanation. According to him, It’s wickedness to unleash Regional and Ethnic hatred on the people of Volta Region.
You will recall that, there were deployment of National Security Personnel to Ghana-Togo boarder at Aflao and it surrounding communities in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region, Ghana. Though the government is yet to officially explain the reasons behind the presence of the Military personnel in the area, some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party has disclosed that, the presence of the military is to prevent Togolese from participating in upcoming new voter’s registration.
Lawyer and Member of Parliament for the Adansi-Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Hon. Kobina Tahir Hammond has disclosed that, most residents in the Volta are not true Voltarians but are Togolese. According to him, the Military personnel are in the Ghana-Togo boarder to prevent those who claim they are Ghanaians but not from participating forthcoming new voter’s registration exercise and voting.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South Municipality Hon. Elliot Edem Agbenorwu said, the presence of the military personnel in the Municipality is to help enforce Coronavirus protocols around the boarder in order to prevent foreigners from using an approved routes into the country.
Professor John Gatsi in his statement provide a contrary view on the presence of the military saying it’s an unleash hatred on Voltarians. Read below his full statement.
The danger about ethnic discrimination (tribalism) is that the victims are made not to call it by its name and restrained to express themselves until it becomes corrosive. The truth is that it is a painful and emotional experience.
Regional and ethnic hatred are unleashed on others because of wickedness and inability to appreciate the natural beauty of human diversity. Our progress , peace and development as a country is in our diversity and not exclusion and psychological attacks.