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A Message From Ghana To The President And People Of Togo

Togo, the French West African Nation, and one of Ghana's three neighboring countries, has received a special a message from the Ghana.

Togo (the French Togoland), became an autonomous republic within the French Union on August 30, 1956. The status was confirmed by a plebiscite held in October, under French auspices. Mr. Nicolas Grunitzky, was appointed premier.

Following the United Nations (UN) representations, elections in April 1958 favoured complete independence...and rejected Grunitzky’s Togolese Progress Party, in favour of Sylvanus Olympio’s Togolese National Unity Party. Togo then became independent on 27 April 1960.

On the occasion of Togo's 62nd Independence anniversary, the Ghanaian leadership cum project management expert, Donald Agumenu, has sent fraternal greetings, to the government and people of the Republic of Togo.

Dr. Agumenu, through the message, appealed to the Togolese President, President Faure, to use the special 62nd anniversary celebration, to reexamine the security situation, and public health protocols, at the various entry points of Ghana and Togo, and also to ease the free movement of people and goods, especially traders along that axis.

He added that, “Free movement of people, goods and services, should be entrenched on the continent; notwithstanding existing barriers".

Dr. Agumenu further explained that, “It is no doubt, that Covid-19 has created deeper political, trade, public health and technological barriers, within member states, regional blocks and at the global front; He also urged the of Togo, to use the occasion, to “take stock of the journey thus far, and demystify what separates Ghana and Togo.

Remembering his good old days in Togo, Dr. Agumenu narrated, that “I could recall those beautiful old days in Togo, as a little boy. Beers were all over the city on a day like this. Celebrations would not end without Akume [local maize flour delicacy], with vegetable soup and fish, Akpama [cow skin], Agaza [fried dough] and the reverberating sounds of authentic African rhythms of Akpese as well as chart-topping tracks of soul singer Bella Bellow and collaboration with Manu Dibango in their hit-song “Sango Jesus Christo”.

He again revealed that, “There are families dotted along the border lines, one part in Togo and another part in Ghana. In the same vein, the people of the Ga State in Ghana have special ethnographic trace, and nexus with the people of Aneho in Togo. We cannot also dispute the etymological evolution of some Akan names from Togo. All these traces of blood-line ties must culminate in grand family reunion. This used to keep us together as a people before the advent of artificial borders”.

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