TODAY, as GHANASKY.COM and ACCRA24.COM took our journalistic flight, we landed in two wonderful regions of GHANA, where almost everybody here has being a follower of Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, a former head of state and president of Ghana. Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d'état in 1979 and, after initially handing power over to a civilian government, took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council.
In 1992 Rawlings resigned from the Armed Forces, founded the National Democratic Congress and became the first president of the Fourth Republic. He was re-elected in 1996 for a further four years. He currently serves as the African Union envoy to Somalia.
And therefore, all those followers still follow Jerry Rawlings's political party "NDC", because of their love for this wonderful ex-president. But today, as GHANASKY.COM anaylst took our journalistic visit, we discovered, these two regions are among the poorest regions in GHANA.
The highest poverty incidence increased from 84 per cent in 1999 to 88 percent in 2006. The trend in poverty across regions showed spatial inequity across the regions of Ghana with Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions being the poorest.
Since the genesis of Jerry Rawlings, NDC claimed Volta and Northern Regions of GHANA as their voting bank, yet people living in these areas are as poor as church mouse. No job, no money, only few can named as rich people.
Since our last time of visit to this region, to towns like: Aflao, Akatsi, Denu, Sogakope, Agbozume or Klikor-Agbozume etc.
Klikor-Agbozume town has a large market, which takes place almost every four days. The market is popular for the sale of Kente cloth where traders from Burkina Faso, Togo Benin and Nigeria come to buy the cloth and export it. On market days people from surrounding villages also come to Agbozume to trade various goods. People here are very hard working but most of their works are Self-employment.
At Agbozume Market Day, people from different villages travel by motor, trotro or by foot, to sell their goods.
The poor continue to be poor and the rich continue to be rich but yet these villages, towns and region plus Northern region are the source of NDC power bank since the days of Jerry Rawlings until current president John Mahama.
Agbozume located about 40 kilometers west of Aflao on the road to Accra. One of the car owners here was "Kofi Agama" according to Norddeutsche Mission. The 70 year old has to tell an amazing story.
"I was a long time the only one here in town who had a car," he begins. "If someone was so ill that he had to be hospitalized for treatment, I have been asked if I can organize transport. Of course, I always promised. However, at the time was the nearest hospital in Aflao, that is 40 kilometers away. So it happened that the trip once took so long that the patient died in my car before we reached the hospital. Another time I had to do this early in Aflao, but there was no doctor to be found. "Agama shakes his head when he thinks about it. "Then we had to go on to Dodze. These are still times 70 kilometers. And again, the patient died.
"That could not rest Kofi Agama. He started in 1999 a clinic, so a small health station, build at his home. A doctor from the large Ghanaian hospital Korle Bu was hired for two years. "He then practiced in my living room, and the lab was in the kitchen", Kofi Agama says, laughing. "But it worked. We could pay with contributions from the patient him reasonably.
"A new development took the story by the son of" hospital-founder ". Dr. Edem Agama is doctor in Springfield in the US. He began to get excited about the idea of his father and to finance the construction of a "right" clinic in Agbozume. a building was constructed on a 950-hectare piece of land. "It was important to combine two things," says the old gentleman Agama. "Medicine and Evangelism. Under one roof are now the clinic, housing for staff and a radio station housed.