Postpone re-opening of Volta schools over separatists attacks – Gov’t urged

President Akufo-Addo and Napo, Education Minister

The government has been urged to reconsider the re-opening dates for schools in the Volta Region following the growing insecurity in the area.

In a statement issued by the Africa Education Watch and copied to, it said the lives of “students, teachers and non-teaching staff in some 1,400 public and private JHS and SHS in the Volta Region” are at stake hence the call.

“Schools have always been targeted by such rebel groups across Africa, especially in Nigeria and Cameroon where armed separatist groups have murdered many students and teachers in recent times,” it noted.

The schools have been closed since March 2020 in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The activities of the secessionists have escalated over the last few days following last Friday’s roadblocks and attacks on police.

Members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation mounted roadblocks on the Juapong–Accra, and Sogakope–Accra main roads.

Some attackers also besieged the Aveyime and Mepe police stations freeing inmates and making away with assault rifles and shotguns.

Others attacked the North Tongu District Assembly and made away with a Toyota Hilux pick up vehicle belonging to the Assembly after they took the official Toyota Land cruiser pickup belonging to the Tongu Divisional Commander of Police, Dennis Fiakpui.

At least one person was killed following the ensuing confrontations between security personnel and the purported secessionists.

About 35 persons were arrested following the disturbances on Friday.

On Monday, 31 of them were put before a circuit court in Accra and charged on three counts of conspiracy to commit crime of rioting and being at an unlawful place.

In the most recent incident, purported secessionists attacked the State Transport Corporation (STC) in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, and set ablaze one of its buses.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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