Mr Speaker, as an Ewe-Anlo-Effutu man, if I sit here without contributing, it would have meant that I do not appreciate a man who was from my own land and the great things he did for the region and Mother Ghana.
Mr Speaker, clearly, as the saying goes, if a man rises to eminence by merit, he lives respected and dies regretted. This man lived a life of merit, he rose to eminence by merit. Today, he has passed on, and we regret his departure. That is life.
Mr Speaker, through the tribute, it has also been demonstrated that, after all, we are of the same stock, partakers of the same nature, and sharers in the same hope. That distinctions, although they exist, we must not allow them to tear us apart.
Listening to the Hon Member for Anlo, I was delighted to hear that this man was a bridge between a government, the NPP Government and the people of his area. That is to say, he defied the perceived tribal definition of politics in our body politics. Although he was an Anlo man, he did not say that because he was an Anlo man, he would be of a different fraternity.
He believed in the tradition of the NPP and he, identified himself openly with the tradition that he believed in, that is the United Party (UP) Tradition. Not only that, he made sure that he served us a bridge between the policy and the political belief he had and the traditional area he belonged to. Many could not do this, and we must be encouraged by the good works he did.
Mr Speaker, we have also been told that the development of the youth was dear to his heart. At a point—Mr Speaker, with your permission, I quote from the first paragraph of page 2 of the Statement that Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa presented:
“…declared that the youth of the Volta Region are the region's most treasured asset without whom the repositioning of the region for accelerated development cannot happen.”
Mr Speaker, in no doubt, this inspired young politicians from the region. Today, we have many young politicians from the region instead of old politicians. We have Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa himself; my own classmate, Hon Dafeamekpor; my own good friend, Hon Kwame Govers Agbodza, who often heckles me; Hon Bernard Ahiafor, my senior at the Bar, also from the region, and of course, a few old ones on retirement; Hon Benjamin Kpodo mixing up and spicing up the whole mix.
Mr Speaker, how else can we inspire the youth? We can, through our own good works, through words of inspiration, and that would make the youth look up to us.
Mr Speaker, finally, on the issue of business, every economy can only grow if its citizens own it and decide to be active entrepreneurs.
Mr Speaker, if one entrepreneur takes the risk to set up a business, the many people he is able to employ cannot be measured. We are aware of the great works he did. So, if today the Ghanaian economy is growing, then, individuals like Dumega Okudzeto played their role and they deserve a place in the history of this country.
May his soul rest in perfect peace. And once again, I commend Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa for a well-researched paper.
Thank you, Mr Speaker.