The Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Ghana, His Excellency Abdulfatah A.K. Alsattari, has ended a two-day working visit to the Berekum West District in the Bono Region.
His stay afforded him the opportunity to acquaint himself with various areas of possible co-operation in the new district, including health, education and agriculture.
The visit took him to the Berekum Traditional Council, Berekum West District Health Directorate, Jinijini Moslem community, as well as the St Augustine and Jinijini Senior High schools (SHSs), both at Jinijini.
Ahead of his interactions at Berekum, Ambassador Alsattari, who is also the Dean of Middle East Arab Ambassadors, paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Bono Regional Minister, Mr. Siaka Stevens, at his office.
Welcoming the Ambassador to the region, Mr Siaka Stevens noted that there was the need for collaboration between states, since no country could adequately develop independently. “I am glad that you are visiting Berekum West District, which is one of the new districts recently created in the country. I say so, because, if we must develop, there is need for affective collaboration,” the Deputy Minister said.
Mr. Siaka Stevens appreciated the exemplary leadership of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Berekum West, Mr Isaac Osei, and asked that he sustains the pace at which he is leading the development of the new district.
On his part, Ambassador Alsattari recalled the how Ghana has, since independence, related well with the State of Palestine, and said it was important that the two states further deepen the relations between them for mutual benefits.
He gave the assurance that Palestine was ready to ensure peace at all times in the Arab states, and called on the US to put in place measures to facilitate the much-talked about peace in the Arab region.
At the Bono Regional Directorate of Education, the Regional Director of Education, Dr Peter Attafuah, also commended the DCE for placing adequate emphasis on the development of education standards in the new district.
According to Dr Attafuah, under the leadership of the DCE, the Education Directorate has acquired offices, which is helping in the effective administration of the district.
Ambassador Alsattari said that the Education Directorate has an important role to play in developing the country.
Citing Malaysia as an example, Ambassador Alsattari noted that the Asian tiger, after its independence, focused on the fundamentals of education by inculcating in children quality skills for accelerated development.
“In Malaysia, after their independence, they focused on an educational system which ensured that children grew up with the knowledge and skills to develop their country,” he said.
The Dean of Ambassadors, therefore, charged educationists in the country to imbibe the spirit of development in children right from infancy. “The development process is life, and we must make conscious efforts to empower our children with the tools for development before they become adults,” he said.
According to the Palestine Ambassador, Ghana must refocus educational policies and programmes which would allow children acquire skills for accelerated development. “Ghana is an amazing country, where everybody wants to see development, including women, but there is the urgent need for the country to have a new mindset for children, which would enable them grow up to lead the development agenda,” he advised.
He observed that the government had invested so much in education and must be supported to get the right results. At the Berekum Traditional Council, Ambassador Alsattari urged the chiefs to use their offices to promote agriculture.
In pursuance of his agenda to strengthen Berekum-Palestine relations in the area of agriculture, he presented the council with two bags of a special species of maize to be given to farmers for planting.
He was optimistic that both countries could learn from each other to better the lives of their people.
Nana Owusu Nsiah, a former Ghana Ambassador to Israel, expressed the hope that the visit of the Palestine Ambassador to Berekum would be the beginning of a relationship that would bring mutual benefits to both parties.
The Palestine Ambassador also interacted with management and staff of the Berekum West District Health Directorate, where a number challenges and areas of cooperation were discussed.
At the St Augustine and Jinijini Senior High schools, Ambassador Alsattari noted the various challenges facing both institutions, and later worshipped with the Muslim community at Jinijini.