Tuesday, August 21, 2007
CR uses festivals to raise funds for development
Story: JOE OKYERE, Abodom.
FESTIVALS in the country continue to be used as platforms for fund-raising to supplement the government’s development efforts.
In the Central Region, where some communities are celebrating their annual festivals, funds are being raised to either support uncompleted projects or establish educational endowment fund for brilliant, needy children.
At Breman-Essiam in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District, where the chiefs and people rounded off their Akwambo with a non-denominational thanks-giving service, GH¢6,700cedis (67 million cedis) was realized during a fund-raising towards the establishment of the Nana Efua Esiwaah 11 Education Fund.
At the function, a Deputy Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment, Mr. Abraham Dwuma Odoom, commended the people for their concern for their children’s education, which had led to the decision to establish the fund.
The Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, Mr. Isaac Edumadze, said education was the best legacy the people could bequeath to their children, and, therefore, urged them to support efforts to promote education in the area.
At Agona Abodam in the Agona District, the Abodam Development Association used the occasion to inaugurate a GH¢12,000cedis (120 million cedis) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre for the town.
The Chairman of the Abodam Development Association, Mr. J. K. Obeng, said the centre had 10 computers and a printer and would be hooked to the internet soon.
The Agona District Chief Executive, Mr. Ben Mensah, said work on the Jubilee Park would begin soon and efforts were being made to provide accommodation for the staff of the health centre.
The Deputy Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Obodai, expressed dissatisfaction with the chieftaincy dispute in the town, which, he said, was affecting its development and urged the people to resolve it in their own interest.
The acting Tufuhene of Abodom, Nana Asomaining, urged the President to fulfill the promises he made when he visited the area.
At Ajumako Bisease, where 1,500 (15million) was realized, Mr. H.N. Okyere, Chairman of the Bisease Development Association, called on the government to provide infrastructure for the Bisease Secondary Commercial College.
He also called on the National Communication Authority to grant their request for a frequency to enable them to operate their community radio station.
Daily Graphic - Tuesday, August 21, 2007. Page: 20