Former President John Dramani Mahama has asked Ghanaians to use occasions such as the celebration of traditional festivals in their towns and villages to demand accountability from the government of the day on its campaign promises. He said most of the fancy political promises of the current government in particular were made during such occasions, as such, it is just right that Ghanaians use similar occasions to demand accountability.
This was contained in a statement delivered on his behalf by the Volta Regional secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), James Gunu, when he represented the former president at the grand durbar of chiefs and people of Mepe to mark this year’s Mepe Afenotor Festival held last weekend.
“Ordinarily, there are four main objectives for the celebration of a festival as this, and it includes reminding and introducing the youth to our culture so we don’t lose it; bring unity and peace; raise funds for the development of the community; and demand accountability. I want to urge you to demand accountability from the government on its electoral promises because most of those promises were done at durbars such as this,” Gunu stated.
He urged the people to show interest in issues of community and national development and continue to do their best in the interest of nationalism.
The durbar which crowned the 65th Afenortor festival saw a display of rich Ghanaian culture with chiefs riding in palanquins and being carried shoulder high in procession along the principal streets of Mepe leading to the Presby School Park. Hundreds of enthusiastic visitors and town folks joined the procession amidst drumming and dancing and wild jubilation.
This year’s festival has the theme “Building the Structures for Sustained Development: the Role of the Youth”.
The Manklalo of the Mepe Traditional Area, Togbe Kwasi Nego VI, used the occasion to passionately appeal to the government to ensure that the area receives its share of development, especially infrastructure in the form of roads, schools, among others.
He said similar appeals have been made in the past to the government but nothing has come out of it. He was hopeful that this new appeal will touch the hearts of the powers that be and prick them to act.
”We are confident that we will not come to this durbar next year to make reference to the same concerns again.
“Mr Chairman, despite the above, another Afenorto has come and the roads are not yet fixed. I am therefore compelled to make the sixth appeal to our distinguished Guest of Honour to address the request once and for all,” he stated rather passionately.
He announced that a number of chiefs have been successfully installed in the area within the last 12 months to pave way for peace. He urged other sub communities to also ensure that they install their chiefs in peace.
He said the replacement of the paramount chief who passed on some 14 years ago is still facing some challenges and that it is time for factions involved to use the appropriate peaceful and legal means to address their concerns.
He said there is no record anywhere of violence and intimidation ever used to solve a problem and that the traditional area must find the right means to get their issues resolved peacefully.
“The name “Tongu Blotsi” must reflect in all that we do as a people,” he stated.
A former District Chief Executive (DCE) for Fanteakwa North, Charles Oware-Tweneboah, in an address noted that the Government has plans to implement all of its flagship programmes. He called for the people’s support in all activities to ensure that the vision of the government comes to fruition. He said projects such as the Free Senior High School, the One Village One Dam, among other flagship programs are meant to give relive to people and he so they should let it benefit them as such.