A member of the Men’s Fellowship of the Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P) Church in Ho in the Volta Region, Prosper Afenyo, has stated that the late former President Jerry John Rawlings laid foundation for the progress of the Volta Region during his tenure in office.
He said contrary to assertions that the late former President Rawlings, who hailed from the region, did little to enhance its growth and development, key projects that formed the base for development were initiated by him.
He cited that the regional capital got one of two major hospitals he built, which now is a teaching hospital that had birthed the nation’s first Health University, also established a regional agriculture development project and made the Volta Region the only region at the time with three television transmission sites.
“The commencement of the Keta Sea defense project was worth mentioning as one of the legacies of the late former President Rawlings, who defied its huge cost to save Keta till today,” Mr Afenyo stressed and he eulogised “the late former president’s life of compassion, which was most notably exhibited in his rescue of over two million Ghanaians from Nigeria during the famine of 1983.
“It was the most challenging time for leadership but he excelled, I also remembered the late former President Rawlings who came to power through a military coup, for “eliminating” terrorism and serious crime gangs in the country.
“As Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast has appealed to Ghanaians as a form of legacy to the memory of the late former President Rawlings to forgive him, he was a human being and not perfect,” Mr Afenyo noted. -GNA