Thursday, October 25, 2007
USE FESTIVAL TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT
By: WINSTON TAMAKLOE, DODOWA-AVEXA
The Volta Regional Minister Kofi Dzamesi has advised traditional authorities to use festivals to showcase the nation’s rich cultural values, norms and traditions as tourism potentials for investment.
“Tourism and investment are now foreign exchange earners and as a nation we must strive to convert our festivals into income generating sources,” he said.
Mr. Dzamesi gave the advice when he represented the President, J.A. Kufuor at this year’s celebration of the Agadzi Za festival, the migration of the Ewes from the tyrannical rule of Togbe Agokorli of Notsie in the Republic of Togo.
The occasion was used to honour the president, the Regional Minister and the paramount chief of the traditional area and Member of the Council of state for the Volta Region. Togbega Kpangbatriku III.
It was on the theme: Strengthening the human resource base of the traditional area through quality education for accelerated development.
Mr. Dzamesi urged traditional authorities to plan their festivals to include tourism and investment potentials of their areas, such as artifacts and local dishes which must be sold at the festivals to generate income.
He underscored the role of festivals in socio-economic development and charged them to use the occasion as a forum for pooling resources and planning development projects to improve upon living standards of the people.
“Available resources must be put to good use to improve the life of our people instead of wasting them on dispute and litigations.
Mr. Dzamesi commended the chiefs and youth of the area for their regard for quality education to hasten development and pledged the government’s assistance for the area’s education, health and road construction.
He reminded the people of the numerous projects, programmes, interventions and activities by the government to accelerate the development of the region and appealed to them to reciprocate the gesture by showing support.
Togbe Kpangbatriku commended the youth for their interest in education through the construction of a three classroom junior high school, and an office block, roofing a four classroom block destroyed by rainstorm and the renovation of a building to serve as a computer laboratory for the traditional area and neighbouring communities.
He said plans were underway to establish a vocational training centre to train the youth in employable skills to improve the manpower base of industry and appealed for support and assistance to expedite action on the project.
Togbe Kpangbatriku advised the Dodome Youth Association to rally behind their traditional authorities and elders to sustain the development of the area so that the peace, unity and harmony prevailing would boost tourism and attract investment to the area.
Togbe Atsridom V, Paramount Chief of Kpedze traditional area who chaired the function, commended the youth for the commitment, dedication, determination and selfless support to the development of the area.
The Ghanaian Times Thursday, October 25, 2007 Page: 20