I Lost A Good Friend – Nana On Togbega Gabusu

President Akufo-Addo signing the book of condolence

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
has described the late overlord of the Gbi Traditional Area (Hohoe), Togbega Gabusu
VI, as a friend who was very close to him.

“He was a good friend, a friend of
all seasons, not a fair-weather friend; be it in good times or bad times, he
remained a friend,” the visibly distraught President recounted at Hohoe in the
Volta Region when he called on the chiefs and people of Gbi to console them over
the demise of Togbega Gabusu. 

The President, who is currently on a
tour of the Volta Region, said the late prominent chief who was one-time
President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs was a firm, loyal, upright and
honest man who delighted in speaking the truth and sticking by it irrespective
of the consequences. 

He said although he had promised
the late Gabusu of constructing the Hohoe town roads, it was unfortunate his
friend was no more to see the fulfillment of the promise.

He added that perhaps the town
roads project would all be finished in his honour, same as the Eastern Corridor,
for which he was a strong campaigner.

The President went on to play with
the thought of even naming the Eastern Corridor road
after Gabusu who was also a strong supporter of the creation of a new region
from the Volta Region, saying, “Maybe, we don’t know, but we shall see!”

Togbe Keh XII, Divisional Chief of
Gbi Wegbe, speaking on behalf of the Gbi Traditional Area and the Traditional
Council, expressed gratitude to the President for mourning with them although
he is yet to be officially informed. 

He acknowledged the closeness
between the late Togbega Gabusu and Nana Akufo-Addo even before he became President
and reiterated that the befitting way to honour the memory of the late chief is
to complete the Eastern Corridor road.

He also commended the President
highly for reposing confidence in John Peter Amewu, a native of the area with
the Ministry of Energy.

He said Mr. Amewu had played a key
role in many development initiatives in the area, including an ongoing stadium
project, the Hohoe town roads, streetlights, extension of power, among others.

The President went on to sign the book of condolences opened in honour of Togbega Gabusu VI at the palace.

From Fred Duodu, Hohoe ([email protected]