The Bekwai Traditional Council, in conjunction with the Bekwaiman Development Committee supported by the Amansie Central District and Bekwai Municipal assemblies, has organised a fundraising ceremony in aid of a scholarship scheme and the construction of a modern multi-purpose community centre complex at Bekwai.
At the 12 th Edition of the Annual Harvest instituted to fund development projects in the area, the fundraising realised a total of GH¢35,255, which figure included pledges of GH¢23,935, with GH¢20,000 coming from the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu.
In 2011, GH¢17,760 was realised towards the GH¢400,000-Community Centre, for which the Omanhene of the area, Nana Karikari Appau II, releasing a four-acre plot of land and cutting the sod for commencement in November 2011.
Giving account of the scholarship scheme, Mr. Sampson Ofori, Project Co-ordinator and Secretary of the Development Committee, said a total of GH¢169,954.01 had been raised since 2002 from annual fundraising harvests, out of which individuals and organisations contributed about GH¢126,654.01, with GH¢15,851 going into scholarships for over 60 students.
The Omanhene indicated that over the years, the Bekwai Traditional Council had rehabilitated the Akwabetiso Stool and Ayeboafo Stool houses, while the Adowa Stool House was being reconstructed.
He said the Council had also undertaken and completed the construction of the Queenmother’s palace at Bekwai, and Abesewa Stool House, while electricity and a borehole had been provided for the Akwabetiso community.
Nana Appau also announced the establishment of a Customary Stool Lands Secretariat at the palace, and the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Ayeboafo Palace.
Pix: Nana Karikari Appau II, Omanhene of the Bekwai Traditional Area