Thursday, August 16, 2007
Juapong celebrates second Dumenyo festival
Story: Bin-Robertson Dodzi, Juapong
The Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC), Hajia Alima Mahama, has reminded traditional authorities, opinion leaders and religious bodies of their duty of playing a leading role in educating and sensitizing the public on crimes and social vices which are retarding progress and development of society.
She said there cannot be any meaningful development in society when there are no concerted efforts to eliminating all forms of violence which occurs in the domestic sphere, especially those against women, children and vulnerable in our societies.
Hajia Mahama stated this in an address delivered on her behalf at a durbar of chiefs and people of Dorfor Juapong in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region during the celebration of their second annual Dumenyo festival.
With the passage of the Human Trafficking Law (2006) and Domestic Violence Law (2007) anybody caught in contravention of laws will face the full regours of the laws, she said.
She therefore called on victims and the public to report perpetrators and culprits to appropriate agencies for punishment.
The Minister also appealed to the people to desist from all forms of abuses and urged parents to stop the practice of giving out children for exploitative labour adding that all other forms of human rights violations such as wife battering, child-defilement, rape, other forms of abuse on women and children stopped.
The Minister commended traditional authorities in taking the lead in educational campaign on the matter in the area.
She said MOWAC is committed to the protection, survival and development of children and the empowerment of women in all spheres of life.
She said the government under the supervision of the Ministry had established a Women’s Development Fund to facilitate credit facilities to promote businesses of women.
It is therefore left to them to fulfil the necessary procedures to accessing the funds to undertaking productive ventures in both small and medium enterprises.
The chiefs and people Dorfor-Juapong last year initiated ‘Dunenyo’ festival as an annual festival aimed at championing development of the township through fund raising and with the theme: “Juapong’s development through Unity;” and with the call “Let us develop Juapong, our heritage’.
The challenge is to raise funds towards the construction of a Community Centre.
Togbe Ahadzi explained that the purpose of the annual festival which was initiated last year and adopted as a traditional festival for Juapong, is to champion the course towards proper planning and development of the township to match with modern trend that will further attract investors and tourists.
He did not minced words in commending government for the faced-lift of the Juapong community, citing the on-going road network from Juapong to Dorfor which were to be tarred soon to shorten the journey to Adidome, the district capital.
He also commended the construction of the six-classroom block of the Dorfor Secondary School and appealed for the upgrading of the school to a fully fledged district secondary school.
Togbe Ahadzi lamented the high rate of crime especially cattle rustling and theft of other domestic animals stating that it was threatening safety to life in the area.
The Ghanaian Times - Thursday, August 16, 2007 Page: 25