From Samuel Agbewode
The chiefs and people of Kpalime Traditional area in the South Dayi District of the have established an Education Endowment Fund, as the initiative of the people towards the promotion of education.
The objectives of the fund, among other things, include offering financial assistance and scholarships to brilliant and needy children, provision of incentive packages for teachers, as well as other stakeholders who provide outstanding services in education and invest in projects that would promote education in the traditional area.
The Acting Paramount Chief of the Kpalime Traditional area, Togbe Adza Wiah Kwesi II, who made this known at a durbar to climax the 20th Anniversary celebration of the ‘Kpalikpakpa’ festival at Kpalime-Wegbe, noted that funds raised during the durbar would be used as a start-up fund, and urged all citizens of Kpalime to contribute meaningfully to support the fund.
Togbe Adza Wiah Kwesi continued that education played a pivotal role in the development of every community, thus, the decision to establish the fund to help in the promotion of education of the youth in the area.
Touching on youth unemployment, the Acting Paramount Chief said the chiefs and people in the area had identified youth unemployment as one of the key social risks, gradually developing into alarming proportions, and called on government to intervene in order to address the problem.
Togbe Adza Wiah Kwesi observed that there exists vast fertile agricultural lands that the youth could be empowered to go into commercial farming, and expressed regret that since such support was not given to the youth, they went into the illegal cultivation of marijuana, popularly called ‘wee’.
He lamented that it was a wildly held perception that the South Dayi District is a safe haven for the cultivation of the illegal plant in Ghana.
Togbe Adza Wiah Kwesi, therefore, appealed to government to, as a matter of importance, invest in irrigation projects by using the fresh water bodies available in the area to aid the youth to embark on all year farming.