Friday, March 23, 2007
Preserve cultural heritage – Quashigah
Story: EMMANUEL MODAY, Ve-Hoeme
THE Minister of Health, Major Courage Quashigah (rtd.) has called on Ghanaians to protect and preserve their cultural heritage since development is meaningful only if it is cultural sensitive.
Major Quashigah made the call when he inaugurated a ¢500-million health centre at Hoeme in the Hohoe District in the Volta Region.
The project, which would serve the people of Ve-Gbodome, Hoeme, Agbome and Deme, was funded by the government, with the four communities supplementing with communal labour.
Major Quashigah said what was required of the people was their ability to provide a meaningful blend to enhance development, adding that it would be suicidal to relegate culture to the background.
“In spite of the impressive array of local-engineering skills that could easily have been mobilized to add value to our produce such as fruits, we are still relying on the same way as our ancestors did several centuries ago, he noted with regret”.
The Minister asked them not to hide from their customary practices, since they held the greater proportion of the resources for development, devoid of poverty, illiteracy, preventable diseases and high infant/maternal mortality.
Major Quashigah donated ¢4 million towards the establishment of the Ve-Social Development Cultural Fund to promote art and cultural activities in the area.
Earlier, in a welcoming address, Togbe Dzoli VI, a Senior Divisional Chief of the town, was happy that eventually their efforts to establish the health centre had yielded results. A Fund Raising in aid of an Ante-Natal and Maternity Block yielded ¢25 million.
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