A development practitioner is entreating opinion leaders and other influential individuals in society to set the pace for community development initiatives.
Vincent Frimpong Manu, a native of Kwadaso in the Ashanti region, says the spirit of voluntary service must be whipped up for sustainable development to thrive.
He recounted his days as President of the Kwadaso Students Union where he organized young people to voluntarily embark on clean-up exercises in the community.
“I am happy to see this kind of voluntary spirit still lingering and it is important that we keep that momentum,” he observed.
Mr. Frimpong Manu spoke to Luv News when he supported a clean-up exercise at Asuoyeboa, a suburb of Kumasi.
“I thought it was a good idea to come and support them; at least it will go a long way to create awareness about the need for people to protect the environment, ensure proper sanitation, de-silt the gutters and more importantly increase education. If people are able to do this regularly, then they can prevent diseases like cholera and malaria,” he expressed.
Mr. Frimpong Manu also donated some exercise books to students at the University of Education, Winneba Kumasi Campus – direct beneficiaries are the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy of the NPP (TESCON).
Whilst entreating the government to be sensitive to the needs of local communities, Mr. Frimpong Manu encouraged the spirit of philanthropy to meet the needs of local people.
“If you see these things, wherever you are as a good citizen you need to come and physically get involved; if you do not have the time to come and engage in such clean-up exercises or support certain key projects, you can make donations,” he noted.
According to him, the engagement of influential people in such activities inspires and motivates local communities to also commit to volunteerism.
The development practitioner has lined up series of activities to drive the promotion of education at Kwadaso and other communities.
Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh
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