Nsein celebrations Kundum festival
About 90 per cent of the activities in the oil and gas industry in the country should be carried out by Ghanaians under the government’s draft local content policy on the industry by 2020, the Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has said.
This was contained in an address read on his behalf by the District Chief Executive for Elembelle, Mr. Daniel K. Eshun, at a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of the Nsein Traditional Area to round off their annual Kundum festival at Nsein. The festival was on the theme: “Youth in community development.”
Mr. Buah called on Nzema youth to take their academic and vocational studies seriously so that they could reap the full benefits of the oil and gas industry.
He said investing in the youth today would make them great leaders tomorrow, a reason why the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had made that one of its priorities.
The deputy minister said probity and accountability were among the government’s objectives and therefore urged the leaders of the nation to be transparent and accountable in all their dealings.
In this address, the Nzema East Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. James Ackah Cobbinah, said that youth were the most socially active and productive group who undoubtedly formed the bulk of the human resource base of the country.
Mr. Cobbinah, therefore, called on the people to mobilize and harness the god-given talents of the youth to accelerate the ace of socio-economic development of the area.
He said it was time for the energetic youth to reciprocate the commitment and dedication of their forefathers whose toil, blood and sacrifice had turned the country round.
Mr. Cobbinah assured the people that the municipal assembly would continue to provide the area with schools, clinics, improve upon roads, support brilliant, needy students and reduce poverty.
The MCE said his doors were always opened for all shades of opinions and suggestions that would help develop the municipality.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs. Catherine Ablema Afeku, commended the initiatives of the youth for spearheading communal activities in the town and appealed to the people to support them wholeheartedly.
Mrs. Afeku promised to co-operate with the MCE to bring more development project to the municipality to raise the living standards of the people.
She donated 20 plastic chairs to the Nsein Tradition Council to support its social activities.
In his welcoming address, the Omanhene of the area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II expressed his deepest appreciation to the youth of the town for coming together to embark on communal labour towards the development of the community.
Awulae Agyefi said Western Region was blessed with fertile lands and water bodies which were variable assets and appealed to the government to take advantage of them to enhance increased food and cash crop production in the region.
Awulae appealed to the government to tar the main street leading from the Takoradi-Axim junction through his palace to the Nsein Senior High School, adding that feeder roads in the area should also be properly and regularly maintained.
The Omanhene of the Komenda Traditional Area and Headmaster of the Nsein Senior High School (SHS), Nana Kodwo Kruw, praised the chiefs and people of the area for making this year’s festival very grand and urged them to sustain it.
Nana Kruw used the occasion to invite the Chiefs and people of the area to join the Nsein SHS in the celebration of its 50th anniversary next month.
Daily Graphic Page: 42 Wednesday, September 29, 2010