Tuesday, October 16, 2007
LAWRA PEOPLE CELEBRATE KOBINE FESTIVAL
By: CHRIS NUNOO, LAWRA
THE Chiefs and people of the Lawra Traditional Area in the Upper West Region have held a durbar to mark their annual Kobine festival.
The festival, which was celebrated at the end of a farming season, was in anticipation of a bountiful harvest after working very hard during the season.
It was attended by people in and around Lawra, District Chief Executive (DCEs), the clergy, traditional leaders and cultural troupes, who entertained the crowd with dancing and displays in hunting.
The Regional Minister, Mr. George Hickah Benson, who was the guest speaker, said even though the festival was connected to farming, it was envisaged that the recent floods in the area would impact negatively on the food situation in the region.
He, however, gave the assurance that the assistance from the government, development partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in terms of food aid, would go a long way to ease the difficulties.
Mr. Hickah Benson also expressed appreciation to the government, individuals and some institutions for their support.
Touching on the efforts and measures being instituted to mitigate the effects of such disasters in future, Mr. Hickah Benson said “a number of committees have been set up at the regional level to assess the effects of the flooding on the food security, infrastructure, health, education, among other related issues”.
The regional minister said the committees would come out with recommendations based on which the issues would be addressed.
He stressed the need for the people to learn lessons from the recent floods and work towards minimizing the effects, if such disasters should occur.
Commenting on the festival, Mr. Hickah Benson said Kobine had gained international recognition and, therefore, the onus lay on the chiefs and the people to project it to enhance the development of the area.
He urged the district assembly and all interested parties to work hard to develop the tourist potential in the area such as the Kobine festival, the former detention place of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as well as the Brifo national spring.
The regional minister further appealed to them to unite to champion the development of the area, instead of channeling their energies into disputes which had hitherto stalled the development process.
He assured them of the preparedness of the government to develop the area, adding that thee provision of schools, clinics, electricity, among other projects in the area, was just the beginning of more development to come.
For his part, the Vice President of the Kobine Festival Planning Committee, Mr. Edmond Born, said Kobine was not only for merry-making, but also a time to rethink about the socio-economic development of the area.
He said it was to promote unity and social cohesion towards an enhanced development.
Daily Graphic Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Page: 20