The Western Regional Minister, Dr Kweku Afriyie, has urged the people of the Western Region, especially the Western North, to take education seriously to enable them take up the abundant opportunities the natural resource endowment of the region presents to them.


Dr Kweku Afriyie noted that while the people along the coast of the region had made significant efforts to educate themselves to higher levels, it was the phenomenon of the people in the Western North to show lackadaisical attitude toward education, hence their inability to take up the opportunities in the knowledge-based economy of the world and impart it to the younger generation to transform their lives.


Addressing a grand durbar of Nananom of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council to mark this year’s Adim Kesee celebration, he said most of the major natural resources that brought foreign exchange to the nation for development were exploited from the Western Region, but the allocation of the returns on the sale of the natural resources did not take into account the contributions of the region leading to its low level of development.                                                                                                                                                                        

The Minister said in as much as formal education was the best way for mentoring the young ones, there was also the need for a comprehensive mentoring in society and the chiefs as the custodians of the cherished traditional values and practices had the powers to inculcate those values in the youth.


He reiterated the need for the youth in the area to continue to respect the ban on illegal mining and appealed to the Traditional Council to rally behind the government to eliminate illegal mining completely in order to safeguard the environment and water bodies from wanton destruction.


Dr Afriyie informed the chiefs that the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the region had ranked all the roads in their composite budgets for construction and that he would help expedite action on the award of contracts to give a facelift to the roads.


The Omanhene of the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area, Tetrete Okwamoah Sekyim II, said chieftaincy and land disputes resolution, education and mentorship were his priorities.


However, he said, the theme for the week-long Adim Kesee festival: Be a mentor in Wassa Amenfi placed the focus for the celebration this year was on mentorship of the youth within the traditional area.


The Omanhene said mentoring of the youth within the traditional area was important because the advent of illegal mining had further reduced the zeal of the youth in seeking higher education.     


He called on the prominent indigenes within and outside the traditional area to reflect on the theme for the occasion and team up with the Traditional Council to mentor the youth to become agents of change and responsible citizens.


In her remarks, Hon. Helena Appiah, District Chief Executive for Wassa Amenfi East, said the theme for the occasion was in line with the government’s policy initiatives and that the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy by the government offered a unique opportunity for the people to educate themselves to higher educational levels.


She advised the people to also tap the expertise of other professionals working in the district to gain the requisite knowledge that would propel them into greater heights.           


Source: ISD (Stephen Tashie)