Adza Tekpor Cuts Sod For ICT Centre
The Community Centre which was started over the weekend after a sod cutting ceremony is expected to promote quality education in the area by improving the reading habits and computer literacy among the children and youth of the area, as well as some determined adults.
The sod cutting formed part of a ceremony to launch the 4 th edition of the Amu (Brown Rice) festival of the chiefs and people of the Avatime traditional area dubbed: ‘AMUFEST 2013′.
This year’s festival would be hosted by Dzogbefeme, one of the seven divisions of the traditional area.
Launching the festival, the paramount chief of the area, Osie Adza Tekpor VII, said the AMUFEST which was reinstituted in 2010 is celebrated on rotational basis to stimulate development in the seven divisions.
The festival was first celebrated at Avatime-Vane in 2010, followed by Amedzofe in 2011 and Biakpa in 2012. The other communities are Gbadzeme, Dzogbefeme, Fume and Dzokpe.
Funds raised from the festival would be channelled towards the expansion of a water and sanitation project as well as the construction of the ICT and library complex for the Dzogbefeme community.
The festival which is on the theme “Unity and Development in Avatime through Rice Culture and Eco-tourism” would commence from November 3-10, 2013.
The festival, according to Osie Adza Tekpor VII would be used to showcase and promote the nutritional value of the local brown rice, which is a delicacy in the area and also promote the tourism potentials of the area.
‘We want to promote the consumption of the local brown rice, which is very nutritious across the region, the country and the whole world.’
He urged the people to sustain the cultivation of the crop for economic growth and called on citizens elsewhere to support their people to develop the area.
‘Citizens outside the area, use this festival as opportunity to take leave off your work and visit home to socialize and support the development of your area. It is your God-given right to come from Avatime.’
Almost the entire Avatime area is located on hills, over 1000 feet above sea-level, with many eco-tourism potentials, that are yet to be fully developed.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Samuel Ewoade observed that the rice festival which is an annual event is attracting a lot of attention to the district which is barely a year old.
Mr Ewoade commended the planning committee for successfully organising the event over the past years and pledged the Assembly’s support to make the 2013 edition a success.
From Fred Duodu, Avatime-Dzogbefeme
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