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Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disputed claims that the plebiscite that saw to the creation of the Volta Region was time-bound.
REACTION: The PLC does make such claims. All we are saying is that, considering the trend of affairs in the country now, the Union between Western Togoland and Ghana must be reviewed to restore human dignity.
Speaking to the press Sunday, he said about 58% of the populace voted to be part of Ghana following a plebiscite in 1956.
REACTION: The information we have from the U.N. shows that the people voted to go into UNION with the Gold Coast (which is now Ghana). But they did not vote to become plebeans in Ghana. The struggle to be considered human is a universal legitimate right.
“It is not true that the plebiscite was time-bound and that after some years somebody can opt-out of it.
REACTION: Of cause the U.N. could not have suggested so, because Western Togolanders were not guilty of any offence to be driven into any form of servitude for any lengthy of time.
“It is also not true that the majority of persons in the plebiscite are voted not to be part of Ghana, that is not true, I think about 58% or so voted to be part of Ghana,” he added.
REACTION: Sure, but they did not vote to be treated the way they are are being treated since that plebiscite. Hence our call to regularize the agreement now.
His comment comes in reaction to the Homeland Study Group Foundation’s argument that the agreement to join Ghana included forming a union in 50 years, hence, the group’s advocacy for separation from Ghana since 2007.
REACTION: The Homeland Study Group Foundation might not have claimed so because it does not make sense to think the U.N. could have made that mistake. No marriage is time bound but it must be conditional. That is why we need the Terms Of Reference.
The group is pursuing a campaign for the Volta and Oti regions to split from Ghana, to form a sovereign state called Western Togoland.
REACTION: That must be an unfortunate demand because the rest of Western Togoland would thereby be equally denied human dignity they deserve. The beautiful multicultural diversity of Western Togoland and the harmonious coexistence perceived by the voting majority of that time would thereby be perturbed.