Anyako citizens urged to unite for development

BY: G. D. Zaney
Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto-Gligui Vl (right) and  Mamaga II, Queenmother of Anyako-Konu.

Traditional rulers have been urged to ensure that Ghanaians do not take up the culture and traditions of other people to the detriment of their own.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Madam Abla Dzifa Gomashie, who made the call said Ghanaians risked losing their mother tongues if they continued to express themselves in other languages. 

She cited the Latin language as an example of a dialect that had lost its international appeal.

She said a cultural identity was lost with the loss of language and for which reason she urged Ewes, particularly the youth, not to abandon books that were written in the Ewe language.

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Madam Gomashie said these in a keynote address at a durbar of the chiefs and people of Anyako in the Volta Region. 

The occasion marked the 25th anniversary celebration of Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto-Gligui Vl, Dufia of Anyako-Konu and Fiaga of Anlo Wego and Amugo.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Keta, Mr Sylvester Tornyeava, called for unity among the people. 

He said without unity there could be no development in Anyako in particular and the Anlo traditional area in general.

Mr Tornyeava urged the chiefs and people of Anyako-Konu and Anlo Wego and Amugo to rally round Togbi Dzokoto-Gligui Vl and give him the needed support to lead them.

He gave the assurance that the water problem facing Anyako-Konu and surrounding towns and villages would soon be resolved. 

In the interim, he said the people would be provided with water from Sasieme, a nearby town, by the end of the year.

In his address, Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto-Gligui observed that since he ascended to the throne about 25 years ago, there had been quite a number of development projects in Anyako-Konu.

He said these included the reconstruction of the bridge at the entrance of the town, the reshaped and gravelled six-kilometre road from Abor to the town, provision of market stalls, a police station and extension of electricity. 

In addition, he said he had also succeeded in getting the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Education to assume responsibility of the only secondary school in the town - the Anlo Awoamefia Secondary/Technical School.

The chairman for the occasion, Dumega Raymond Okudzeto, founder and President of the Volta Foundation, a development-oriented non-governmental organisation, said it was unacceptable that Anyako was still faced with inadequate development, including the lack of potable water.

He, therefore, urged resourceful citizens of Anyako to contribute towards the development of the town.