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17.07.2005 Regional News

VORSAG holds youth rally


Ho, July 17, GNA - Major (Rtd). Courage Quashigah, Minister of Health on Saturday called on Ghanaians to learn to be self-reliant to support the government's development programmes. He said the nation cannot continue to depend on aids from outside alone to develop and urged Ghanaians to get their shoulders on the wheel.

Major Quashigah said this at a youth rally organized by the Volta Region Students Associaton-Ghana (VORSAG) in Ho to round off a-six week volunteer teaching embarked upon by the group in the region. He bemoaned the situations where the nation's intellectuals and the media accept everything foreign and indirectly force it on the public through convincing adverts to the detriment of locally produced products.

He therefore, tasked the society to organize themselves and gear their efforts towards the development of the nation through hard work and determination.

" Let us learn to organize well and do everything ourselves and start utilizing everything made in Ghana."

Mr Lincoln Donkor, of Excellence Motivation Powerline, who spoke on the topic "Poverty and Ignorance-Hindrance to socio-economic development", called on the people of the Volta region to appreciate self-help development since external efforts would not be enough to bring forth the desire of the region. He said it was only that synergy of self-help coupled with the region's cultural planning that the wheel of development will be turn at the right velocity for success to be realized." Mr. Donkor also called on the people not to be comfortable with just any situation but should seek excellence in the quest for development.

Mr Emmanuel Gemegah, VORSAG National President expressed concern of the youth about the prolong neglect of the region by successive governments. He said it was regrettable that though the region is endowed with mineral deposits, numerous tourist attraction sites and beautiful culture of all shades, it lags behind in development. Mr. Gemegah blamed leaders in the region for the situation and said they had failed in their capacities in the direction of championing the developmental course of the region.

He said VORSAG had therefore, resolved to hold leaders of the land responsible for their failure to discharge their duties. Mr Gemegah said VORSAG was going to watch the leaders critically, give credit where it is due and also condemn the performance of those that deserve condemnation. Earlier, Mawuli School won a "Catch them young" quiz competition organized for second cycle schools in the region and took a revolving trophy with 700,000 cedis for the contestants.