The 2022 edition of the Asogli Yam Festival was climaxed with a Grand Durbar on Sunday, September 11,in the Volta regional capital, Ho, with a call on the people to eschew greed and chart a path that promotes the development of their community and the country as a whole. Former president John Dramani Mahama who was a special guest of honour assured the chiefs and people of his commitment towards the development of the region.
Addressing the chiefs and people at the occasion, the former president bemoaned the lack of commitment from the current government towards the continuation and completion of projects and programs initiated by his administration in the region and assured the people of his resolve in completing all abandoned projects if he returns to office in January 2025. “Voltarians deserve all it can get from an NDC administration and just as we have done before, we shall do it again for our beloved region. I’m personally committed to the development of the Volta region” he stated. Mr. Mahama recounted how his critics, mainly from the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) churned out adverse narratives about his decision to build an airport in Ho but he maintained that “the Volta Region was the best for the project just as it would’ve been for Wa or Takoradi”. He thanked the people for their loyalty and unflinching support for his party NDC and assured them that the region will see more developmental projects in his second coming.
The former president was full of praise for the Paramount Chief of the Asogli Traditional Council, Togbe Afede XIV for being a man of integrity and his desire to better the life of his people. He describes the Paramount Chief as “one traditional leader who stands by the truth no matter who gets angry”. ” You’re a man of principle, we all admire you. Do not change, be yourself “, Mahama said.
Delivering his speech on the theme ” Let’s Eschew Greed, Unite For Peace, Development and Prosperity”, Togbe Afede XIV advised political leaders and the people to have a clear focus on the national agenda, which, according to him cannot be solely centered on winning political power. ” The nation’s leadership must not solely be focused on winning and retaining power but seeks to secure the development and aspirations of the people” the esteemed traditional leader said to applause from his people.
The one month long celebration started from Saturday, 6th August with a series of activities including an anti-corruption event at the Asogli State Secretariat, summit of Ewe chiefs from Ghana, Togo and Benin, the rediscovery of Adaklu mountain, among a host of fun-filled activities.