March 18, 2021

The Volta Caucus has noted that Ghana cannot be said to be complete without the people from the Volta Region.

This was in response to recently published textbooks for Ghanaian schools that portray the Ewe’s in a very bad light.

In a statement on the floor of the House which was presented by the North Tongu lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, noted that people from the Region continue to play a very important role in the economic, social and political development of the country.

He further pointed out that, despite the role played by the people from the Volta Region, they do not receive the needed recognition as citizens of Ghana as having equal opportunity in political economic and social affairs of the country.

And added that the first kind of derogatory remarks about the Ewe’s was in 1960 when a leading political figure in this country referred to Ewe’s as inward looking people and is still  on the lips of some Ghanaian politicians.

Again, a recent statement by another politician was that all Ewes and for that matter former Voltarians became an integral part of the Gold Coast now Ghana through legitimate means and that the people were not annexed through wars.

“The last straw which broke the camel’s back is the derogatory remarks contain in a number of textbooks written for use in our basic schools in the country. It is naïve for a textbook to portray the Ewe ethnic group as a voodoo worshiping People”.

“Mr. Speaker, the Volta Caucus of Ghana’s Parliament has taken notice of the public outrage and condemnation of the publication as a clear ethnocentric and divisive content and as a caucus finds the content of the books most distasteful, backward, unacceptable to poison the minds of people against the Ewe ethnic group.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/