The Divisional Chief of Sogakope under Fievie Traditional Area Togbe Atsuga Sogah lI says the three (3) Tongu Districts thus; North, South and Central Tongu have not benefited much so far as community development is concerned.
According to the Chief, he will not mince words to say that he feels bad as a traditional leader that they have not done much in Tongu unity for its development.
Togbe Atsuga Sogah lI also said, on the political front, he has not heard of Tongu caucus in Parliament stating a position on behalf of the people living in the Lower Volta Basin towards a collective development.
He felt that, Tongu enclave among many communities in Ghana have the number one natural resource for human development, but they are still poor unlike others. A situation he described as worrying in the twenty first century because, elsewhere government pays royalty for natural resources but for the water (Volta Lake) that Tongu enclave has, government does not treat it as priority natural resource to pay royalty for it and much more to develop a national policy in its utilization for our common benefit.
“The issue of the effect of the Akosombo Dam on those of us living in the down stream of the Dam, have received tremendous lip service. Nothing so far has been done” He said.
Speaking at the 13th National Delegates’ Congress of the National Union of Tongu Students and Associates (NUTSA) held at Mepe St. Kizito Senior High Technical School in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region on Friday, 30th April, 2021 as the Chairman, Togbe Atsuga Sogah lI has called on Tongu students and associates, youths, elders, opinion and traditional leaders to foster the spirit of unity, togetherness and love to help develop Tongu and make it envious among other ethnic groups.
He again urged the youths, he described as the next future generation, to start studying courses in water resource management if there is any course in any of our tertiary institutions like that.
“Relating to water resource management is agriculture especially irrigation. This is where we can make huge impact if we adopt mechanization of Agriculture. We cannot only be giving our lands to commercial farmers. We should begin to put our resources together to venture into big time agriculture.” He opined.
Addressing the theme for the occasion “Promoting Academic Excellence in Tongu Schools in the Midst of COVID-19, The Role of Stakeholders” he said, for our generation, with the last advancement in Technology and Medicine, in away of containing killer diseases, it like for once, even the World Health Organization and scientists are all on their kneels.
“The Covid-19 disease has changed our ways of life especially our economic life and social engagements like what we are having now. The most hit areas are tourism and education.”
“So far the countries in the temperate regions are worst hit. United States of America, Brazil, and recently India, are toping the league table in the rate of infections and recorded deaths.”
“So far, those of us in the tropics are a little bit fortunate. The disease seems to be allergic to excessive heat and has met serious resistance from the Continent of Africa. Let me warn that we cannot be complecent in this regard. We necessarily have to go by the protocols that are outlined by the Ministry of Health and by extension the World Health Organization. Our personal safety is very important. The moment you are taking precautions, you are equally protecting others.” Togbe Atsuga Sogah II explained.
He also used the opportunity to highlight on the basic Covid-19 safety protocols like hand washing, wearing of nose mask and social distancing and urge the people to practice them to become our daily way of lives.
“We have to be alive before achieving academic excellence. Our health within the circumstances is paramount.”
The Divisional Chief of Sogakope also feels disappointed on how the current Educational System especially Free Senior High School programme among many is being managed.
“I heard of some sort of scholarship scheme to students entering the Senior High School and a very few to the tertiary level. I wonder what has become of the SHS in the regime of Free Senior High School programme.” He said.
He used the occasion to congratulate the leadership of NUTSA and beseech them to help unit citizens of Tongu for better development. He encourages them to continue working in the spirit of unity and the recognition of being citizens of Tongu.
“Next time we have an occasion like this, I pray to talk to you about African Art Heritage and cultural Center we are nursing. That in itself will place the entire Tongu in the limelight. I believe if that happens, we shall feel proud the more as Tongus and be counted as Ewes in general and proud as Africans.” He proposed.