- Rev. Eastwood Anaba has said people referring to the three northernmost regions as one is lazy
- He said the three regions are distinctly different with their own developmental needs
- He's urged journalist to champion the cause of educating the public about the three regions
Popular Christian Pastor, Rev. Eastwood Anaba, has lashed out at authorities over the persistent habit of referring to Ghana's three northern regions, the Upper Easter, Upper Western, and Northern Regions as one.
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According to a report by Mynewsgh.com, Rev. Eastwood Anaba said the continued habit of lumping all three of Ghana's northernmost regions into one basket and simply referring to them as the "Northern Regions" is a lazy one.
Rev. Eastwood Anaba, who was speaking at the 2nd media festival put together by The Press Foundation (TPF) in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, stated that the three northernmost regions have different characteristics, and also have developmental needs.
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“The three regions have different potentials and characteristics which must be identified and dealt with separately with the best of approach to enhance their development," said the popular pastor.
Rev. Eastwood Anaba urged Ghanaian journalists to "identify, specify, and occupy" all three northern regions. He urged journalists to champion the cause of identifying each regions as separate regions with their own developmental needs.
He admonished people of the three northern regions for continually waiting on "others" to develop the regions, and said northerners need to be more aggressive and passionate about developing the regions.
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"We have a gravitational force like depending on others to develop us. We can’t sit in the Upper East region and say we need some of the oil money. What about the granite money? If you go to Bongo, where Honourable Manasseh comes from, children climb these beautiful rocks and use them for open defecation. We defecate on our rocks and we are [asking] God for somebody’s oil to come to us."
"I have asked Presidents of this country, I have asked educationists and I have asked politicians where are the three southern regions? Where are the two eastern regions? Where are the two western regions? So why the three northern regions?" he said.
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