Rescue Mission Volunteers has received with utter shock the rather repugnant and divisive comment made by the Vice President of the republic of Ghana, Dr.Bawumia, to the effect that Cape Coast deserves an airport more than Ho.
The comment which was made at the manifesto launch of the NPP at the University of Cape Coast is uncharacteristic of a high office of the vice president. In our view, the comment was deliberately made in order to draw a wedge between the citizens and dwellers of the two cities, with the aim of gaining political capital from the people of Cape Coast, as he (Dr. Bawumia) knows that Ho is a no-go area for the NPP.
The irresponsible comment by Dr. Bawumia has come to confirm our worst fears that the NPP government’s refusal to put to use the Ho airport, built by the NDC government under H.E John Dramani Mahama, is deliberate.
It is also obvious that the NPP has been dazzled by the choice of Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang who hails from the Central Region and will stop at nothing to swim against the tide of political change in the region, including resorting to divisive politics.
This divide-and-rule tactic being employed by the NPP government, did not start today. A case in point is how the Oti region was carved out of the then Volta region on tribal lines in order to have other ethnic groups in the former Volta region separated from Ewes.
Ghanaians have also not forgotten how forebears of the current leadership of the NPP have made comments that have cast persons of Ewe extraction in bad light. It is an age-old agenda to pitch Ewes against other ethnic groups, because Ewes have been seen by the NPP as people who have followed their political conviction which is opposed to the NPP.
Dr. Bawumia and the NPP’s utterances only go to back the position which was taken by the antecedent of the NPP, by opting for a federal rather than a unitary state. To them, Ghana should have been run based on ethnic lines, something that does not bode well for national integration.
We therefore call on Dr. Bawumia to retract and apologise for his reprehensible comment, if he means well for the unity of this country. We also call on the government to, as a matter of urgency, commission and operationalise the Ho Airport if they indeed do not hold anything against the Volta region as stated by President Akuffo-Addo when he recently visited Keta.
Long live Volta region!
Long live Ghana!
Ransford Delali Kasu