Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur on Saturday launched the Ada Traditional Educational Fund with 40,000 Ghana cedis to help further the education of brilliant but needy students.
The amount included a seed-money of 10,000 Ghana cedis from the Presidency, 9,000 Ghana cedis donated by Vice President Amissah Arthur, and various sums of money donated by the Majority Caucus in Parliament, led by Mahjoroty Leader Mr Alban Bagbin, and metropolitan and municipal chief executives from the Greater Accra and the Volta regions.
The Vice President launched the fund when he joined the chiefs and people of Ada Traditional Area to celebrate the 78th Asafotufiami Festival.
The Festival, on the theme: “Quality Education – Key to the Development of Ada Traditional Area,” saw the display of musketry and a march past by various youth and asafo groups from Ada and the various regions.
Vice President Amissah Arthur said the resources available to execute some major projects in the area were inadequate and there was the need to prioritise the needs in order to execute them one after the other.
He said the Kassieh/Big Ada/Ada Foah roads had been awarded on contract but due to ongoing construction works along the beaches with heavy-duty vehicles plying the road, there was the need to suspend the road construction in order not to dissipate scarce state resources.
He thanked the chiefs and people for contributing their quota to national development and urged them to bury all differences and pool resources to help achieve the Better Ghana Agenda.
Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III, Paramount Chief of Ada Tradtional Area, said the Kassieh, Big Ada and Ada Foah roads were in deplorable condition and needed urgent reconstruction.
He said there was the need to develop the river front and estuary into a major tourism hub while the Songor Lagoon, that generates revenue through salt winning must be protected to benefit all the districts in Ada.
There was heavy security and marine police presence on the waters ready to rescue in case on any emergency.
The annual festival is a remembrance of achievements in wars for settlement fought by the ancestors of Ada, hence the name “Asafotufiami” meaning musketry by companies.
It aims at encouraging sons and daughters domiciled in other towns of the country and in the Diaspora to return home and help in development of the Ada State. GNA