Monday, March 5, 2007
Sunyani Centre ready
Story: SAMUEL DOUDO, Sunyani
ALL is set for the hosting of the March 6 Independence Day anniversary parade at the newly constructed Golden Jubilee Parade and Durbar grounds in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo Regional capital.
The completion of the ¢4 billion jubilee parade and durbar grounds in Sunyani has further heightened the fever of the country’s Golden Jubilee Independence Anniversary Cerebration in the municipality as residents thronged there to watch the final rehearsals of the various security agencies, cadet corps of second cycle institutions, students and school-children as well as some voluntary organizations at the grounds.
When the Daily Graphic visited the parade and durbar grounds sited on the old Kwame Nkrumah Park on Saturday, some residents, including schoolchildren, were seen sitting in the stands to catch a glimpse of the rehearsals.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister who was present at the rehearsals told the Daily Graphic in an interview that the March 6 parade would take place at the grounds.
“We are holding the final rehearsals at the jubilee parade and durbar grounds here to indicate that work has been completed and we would use it on Tuesday, March 6”, he said.
Mr. Baffour-Awuah disclosed that all the 19 Districts in the region had also prepared their sites for the construction of the Jubilee Primary Schools and Kindergartens in the District capitals.
“What we are waiting for to begin the construction of the Jubilee schools in all the “district capitals of the region is a directive from Accra to enable us to select the contractors to execute the projects scheduled to be ready by September this year”, he said.
Mr. Baffour-Awuah stated that the celebration would be a year-long affair and that Ghanaians should not only look at what would occur before the March 6 parade, since there were other programmes lined up beyond that day.
The entire Sunyani municipality has been drops with the colours of the flags of the nation as all street lights have at least two Ghana flags and the Ghana @ 50 flags on them.
The Jubilee parade and durbar grounds also hosted a half night prayer service towards the celebration on Friday, which was organized by the Sunyani Local Council of Churches on the theme “Jubilee Our Year of Peace (Leviticus 25: 12 – 18)”.
In a Sermon by Rt. Rev. James K. Baffour-Awuah, the Methodist Bishop of Sunyani called on Ghanaians not to allow politics to divide them, but to use the Golden Jubilee celebration to unite and work hard for the rapid development of the nation.
Among the dignitaries who attended the prayer session were Mr. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Kwame Twumasi-Awuah, Rt. Rev. Thomas Ampah Brient, Chairman of the Local Council of Churches and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Sunyani, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri, Omanhene of Sunyani Traditional Area and Head of Departments.
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