Madam Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister of Tourism, has called on Ghanaians to uphold the country?s cultural values and desist from unbridled adoption of foreign values, which could undermine national unity and development.
She was addressing the Silver Jubilee celebration of Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto-Gligui VI, Dufia of Anyako-Konu and Mamaga Miedoafe II, Queen of Anyako and Anlo State respectively as well as their respective ‘Agbotadua’, Togbe Duatoklo and Mama Blewu.
Mad Gomashie said she was unhappy that local dishes were being shunned for foreign foods and this had given rise to diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
She said the craze for foreign tastes tended to promote those economies and alienate the local economy.
The Minister said the alienation of people from their roots was also manifesting in their preference and proficiency in other languages other than their native languages.
Madam Gomashie, said as custodians of the country?s values, chiefs would continue to be very relevant to the advancement of Ghana.
Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto-Gligui, said his 25 years rule brought some landmark developments to the area.
These include extension of electricity to the area, a police post, tarring of Abor/Anyako road, absorption of the Anlo Awoamefia Senior High School by the government.
He called for speedy completion of work on the Anlo Awomefia Senior High School.
Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto Gligui, is a Chemical Engineer.
Before becoming chiefs 25 years ago Togbi Tenge-Dzokoto- Gligui had worked with the Ghana High Commission in London, the Forestry Department and Government Statistical Service in Ghana.
Mr. Sylvester Tornyeavah, Keta Municipal Chief Executive, announced plans to connect Anyako, its environs and other communities in the area to the Agordome Water Project in the South Tongu District.