The Volta Region branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take the opportunity in celebrating this year’s independence anniversary to render an unqualified apology to the good people of the Region.
The branch pointed out that the apology will be for the “kind of humiliations he subjected the good people of the Region to during the 2020 voter registration”.
Government has earmarked the Volta Region capital, Ho, for the celebration of this year’s independence anniversary on the theme: ‘Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose’.
The event, which will be held on Monday, March 6, will have the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who is also the President of Guinea Bissau, as the Special Guest.
In a statement issued on Saturday, March 4, the NDC in the Volta Region made five demands from the government as it gears up for the celebration.
“The Volta Region NDC is demanding the following:
1. Apologies for treating the people of the Volta Region as second class citizens in the registration for the ECOWAS card (Ghana Card)
2. Immediate release of the 126 million owed the eighteen municipal and district assemblies in the region.
3. Construction of One Warehouse per constituency.
4. One district, one factory project.
5 Completion of all the abandoned projects:
i. Ave-Dakpa to Akatsi and Akatsi to Avenofeme roads
ii. Ho to Torkor and Sokode to Kpeve roads captured under the so called emergency roads in the government declared 2020 year roads.”
The opposition party disclosed that the government, as a result of the current economic hardship, is demanding a total of GH¢360,000 from the 18 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the Region.
“The Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 360,000.00) VRCC is asking the Assemblies to donate towards the Independence Day celebration should rather be channelled into poverty eradication projects.
“We strongly hold the view that these would serve the interest of the people of the Volta Region and Ghana at large.”