MP for North Tongu says education on the history of the Volta Region, as well as Western Togoland, must be intensified as part of efforts to end attacks by three separatist groups in the region.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says ignorance on the history of the Volta region and the territorial boundary of the alleged Western Togoland has led to the many recent attacks on parts of the Volta Region by the secessionist groups.

“My constituency, which today is bearing the brunt, has never been part of Western Togoland. The entire Tongu, the entire Anlo has never been part of Togoland,” he said.

He was speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile where he raised concern over the alarming nature of the works of the members of the Western Togoland Front as well as other secessionist groups operating in the Volta Region.

“We [North Tongu] have historically been part of the Gold Coast and Ghana project. And if you look at the plebiscite of 1956, we didn’t take part in the elections.

“Western Togoland is today part of Kpando, Ho, Hohoe, Dagbon, Mamprusi, the Bawku areas, parts of Togo, parts do Benin, so the level of ignorance is shocking,” he said.

The Western Togoland Secessionist group recently launched a number of attacks on parts of the Volta Region.

This comes as part of their demand for the independence of some parts of the Volta Region from Ghana.

In September, the group launched a simultaneous attacked on the Aveyime and Mepe police stations all in the Volta Region leaving a police officer injured.

Subsequently, they attacked the Ho STC yard and burnt two out of 11 buses parked at the yard after the drivers refused to hand over the keys of the buses to them.

Mr Ablakwa highly condemned the works of the group as he says they gradually are distorting the peace in the region. He, however, has attributed their actions to the high level of ignorance on the history of Volta Region.

According to him, the secessionists are acting based on a notion that, the plebiscite was to last for a period of 50 years, after which it will be terminated but Mr Ablakwa says this notion is false.

He added that the actions of the group is one of the relics of colonialism.

“As a pan-Africanist, I’m not oblivious of the fact that this is one of the relics of colonialism. And we need public education.

“We cannot denounce colonialism, we cannot complain about what the imperialists did to us: how they divided us, how they looted this country and exploited us.

“And yet, in today’s Ghana some people want to go back to these relics.”