The Deputy Minister for Information, Enam Pious Hadzide has reiterated the government’s respect for traditional authorities in the country, especially Chiefs in the Volta region.
While commenting on the disagreements and controversies that characterized the deployment of the military into the Volta region during the recent Voter’s registration exercise, the Deputy Information Minister noted that it will be inappropriate for him to engage in any public commentary that will disagree openly with the Chiefs.
He said, “As for me, o don’t want to get involved in public commentary and disagree openly with any Chief from the Volta region; they are our Chiefs, they are our landlords, we respect them, we will continue to work with them. We can not engage with our Chiefs openly that they misrepresented the facts, they didn’t tell the truth; we can not do that and I will not do that.”
Mr. Hadzide added further that, President Nana Akufo-Addo is committed to constituting a committee that would interrogate the alleged brutalities in order to put the issues to bed while stressing that the deployment of the military is nationwide in the government’s attempt to limit the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
He said, “Even in my speech to Togbewo and Nananom, I indicated like the President continues to do that, the Volta region is an integral part of Ghana and that the only thing that we seek to do is to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of development to all parts of the country including the Volta region. It is for this reason that President at his meeting with the Chiefs asked that they submit three names towards the formation of a committee to deal with the issue and I am certain that the President would constitute that committee today once the Chiefs submit the names.”