The chiefs and people of Asebu Traditional Area on Tuesday launched this year’s “Apayamkese” festival and the tenth anniversary of the enstoolment of Okatakyi Dr Amanfi I, the Omanhen of the area.
Launching the festival, the Omanhen said an education and development fund would be re-launched during the festival, while the occasion would also be used to showcase the tourist sites of the area.
Okatakyi Amanfi stated these in an interaction with the media at Asebu Amantsindo in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) District of the Central Region.
He called on the Ministry of Tourism and other stakeholders to assist the town to develop by promoting its tourist sites to attract visitors and investors to the area.
On the issue of educational infrastructure for the area, Okatakyi Amanfi said the area had neither an ICT centre nor library, and called on the Government to provide those facilities, in addition to the construction of a Senior High School for pupils who qualify for Senior High School education from the area.
He said he had already donated some books to various schools in the area, but observed that a lot of children in the area either played truant or did not go to school at all due to poverty. He expressed the hope that the education fund would cover all of them to help improve the people’s standard of living.
He added that due to unemployment in the area, the youth often migrated to urban areas in search of “greener pastures” and, therefore, urged Government to revive defunct factories such as the Asebu Fruit Processing Factory in the area to create employment for the people.
The Omanhen said in a bid to protect their lands, the Government was supporting towns in the area to demarcate their boundaries. He pleaded with the neighbouring towns to cooperate with them to avoid conflict.