Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Elllembelle, has put smiles on the faces of elderly persons of Nzema, by providing them with a Complex Community Centre.
The “AYA Community Centre” sited at Ampain in the Ellembelle district, would offer the aged the opportunity to entertain themselves with indoor and outdoor games, learn trades, and even seek medical attention to relieve them of boredom of staying at home all the time.
The centre is named after Mr Buah’s mother, Madam Aya Buah.
Aya in the Nzema language means compassionate, humanitarian and generous, and in Ghana it stands for the Adinkra symbol.
Commissioning the project, Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, commended the MP for the venture, as it was in line with government’s vision.
Talking on the theme: “Elder Care, Our Collective Responsibility,” Nana Oye urged the public to consider the elderly as part of the society, and not objects of unfounded accusations.
She said Ghana was determined to ensure that the policy on the aged adopted in 2010 worked to perfection, so that the socio-economic and human rights of the aged were protected and guaranteed.
The National Ageing Policy, she said, was essentially the blue print to achieve the mandate of providing protection and addressing the challenges facing the aged in Ghana.
Mr Buah who is also the Minister of Petroleum, said he mooted the idea to construct the “Aya Community Centre” after he had chanced on an old lady who had been left alone in a house and needed help, but nobody was around.
“I was moved by the old lady’s plight and also remembered my mother who singled handedly took care of her five siblings after our father’s death at our tender ages, to provide this edifice for the elderly.
Mr Buah said the elderly within the Nzema area would be transported to the centre free of charge on rotational basis, for all to benefit, while they would also be registered free onto the National Health Insurance Scheme.
He said the centre was also opened to the youth and could be enjoyed by anybody in the country.
Some of the elderly persons expressed their gratitude to Mr Buah, saying they normally go through unfortunate situations, as their children leave the house early for work and return late, a situation they have lived with ever since they grew old.
They prayed that other philanthropists would emulate the gesture to support those in need.
The Centre has a clinic attached, a training place to teach trades, such as beads making, shopping centre, football pitch, gym and other site attractions. GNA