The legislator wants this directive to be issued by the president in honour of the commitment of Mr. Charles Kormi Kudzordzi popularly known as Papavi, to see a more developed and advanced Volta Region.
According to the MP, although he never supported the campaign for the secession of Western Togoland led by the late Papavi, his unwavering commitment to ensure the development of the Volta Region can never be overemphasized.
To celebrate this positive side of the late leader of the secessionist group, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to issue a presidential directive to open all land borders in the country.
Justifying this call in a social media post sighted by ABC News, the NDC legislator explained that “this will bring to an end more than a year of economic tribulations of our compatriots living in border communities across the country.”
“Even though as a unionist and Pan Africanist I didn’t and couldn’t have supported his campaign for Western Togoland secession, there was no doubt that he was particularly passionate about the transformation of the Volta Region. It is therefore my hope and expectation that fallible as all men are, Papavi’s positive side — which was his unwavering commitment to see a more developed Volta Region despite the frailty of old age would be honoured by an immediate presidential directive from Nana Akufo-Addo to open all our land borders,” portions of the post read.
He added that “Papavi may as well be remembered for his attempts to have us divided when he was alive, the President has it in his power to use the memory of Papavi’s loss to cement our national unity and end the policy discrimination between air travellers and land travellers as all ECOWAS member states have done.”
Papavi is said to have died on Friday, October 15, at the Keta Government Hospital. He is believed to be 88 years old.
Before his demise, Papavi and his group were demanding the secession of the erstwhile Western Togoland, which includes parts of the Oti and Volta regions as well as some parts of the North-East Region, from Ghana.He was subsequently arrested for treason together with some of his members but later granted bail due to old age and health issues.