Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto has urged Ghanaians, especially Ewes, to calm down following an “offensive, divisive” publication about them in a new history textbooks titled ‘History of Ghana’.
The book, published by Badu Nkansah Publications, has generated controversies after it emerged that some chapters described Ewes as inward-looking people.
Speaking on Morning Update on TV XYZ, Ablakwa who is a former Deputy Education Minister condmened the authors and described them as “agents provocateur” who wanted to “undermine national cohession.”
Although he had calmed down a section of the youth who had vowed to find the books and burn them, he said he had seen documents that show “the publishers received preliminary approval from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA)”
“I make that point to buttress my point that people should not talk as though they knew nothing about its publication at all,” he told co-host Nana Abena Serwaa and stated he had filed an urgent request in Parliament for the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to answer to the textbooks.
Asked whether Ewes were over reacting to the publication after the publishers had apologised publicly, the legislator said they were not.
“Not at all! In actual fact, the great people of of the Ewe ethnic group which I am a proud member of should be commended for their high sense of tolerance and the level of magnanimity that they have exhibited,” he said whilst he commended the Chiefs of the Volta Region for condemning the publication and resorted to using the right channel to address the matter.
“Else where and other places, you may not get this kind of very matured and peaceful reaction…The chiefs and people of the ewe ethnic group which goes beyond the Volta Region…must be commended,” the MP added.
He pledged to use Parliament to get to the bottom of the matter and ensure that Ewes are calmed enough to promote national cohession.
“This is an urgent question so I am expecting that minister will appear before the house sometime this week. As at yesterday, the indication I had was that the Honourable Speaker had admitted the question. I am expectant that this week, the Minister will appear before the House,’ he noted.