Former President John Dramani Mahama joined the chiefs and people of the Avenor Traditional Area in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region to mark the 2023 Avenor Tutudoza at the weekend.
Speaking at a durbar to climax this year’s Tutudo festival, Mahama assured the chiefs and people of the area that the next NDC government under his administration would continue and complete infrastructural and more especially road projects in the area abandoned by the current government.
Tutudoza, over the years has served as a platform not only for celebration but also a rally point for discussions on developmental issues to shape the future of the chiefs and people of Avenor Traditional Area in the Akatsi South Municipality of the Volta Region.
This year’s festival had the theme: ‘Empowering the Youth of Avenor for Holistic Community Development and Transformation.’
The emphasis on empowering the youth highlights a forward-looking approach to acknowledge the role of the youth in community development.
To this end, the Avenor Traditional Area has thus resolved to empower the youth and propel the community towards comprehensive development and transformation.
The durbar to climax this year’s Tutudoza was preceded by a procession of chiefs and people of the area through the principal streets of Akatsi in the Akasti South Municipality of the Volta Region.
As beats of traditional drums reverberated through the air, the people defied early rains and engaged in vibrant cultural displays, showcasing the rich heritage of the Avenor people.
The Paramount Chief and President of the Avenor Traditional Council, Togbe Dorglo Anumah VI, called for the establishment of economic and Agro business ventures to bolster the local economy of the traditional area.
According to Togbe Anumah, the call for economic and agro-business ventures resonates with a strategic move by the traditional area to harness local resources and create sustainable growth.
“I would like to invite all of you to come and establish businesses in Akatsi which is the fastest growing municipal area in the Southern Volta Region. We also have fertile land for Agriculture and Agro business ventures. The establishment of economic and Agro ventures will offer the surest way out of poverty and ensure rapid economic development for our youth and generations to come,” Togbe Anumah VI noted.
Former President Mahama said the mess created by the current government necessitated crucial and key measures by any next government to put the economy back on track, hence his 24-hour economic policy strategy when entrusted with the administration of the country.
“We will as a priority complete abandoned projects before we start new ones. And there are many abandoned projects in this municipality.
I want to assure you today that the next government of the NDC will complete the hospital expansion project, the Akatsi-Kpodzivi-Dakpa road, Akatsi-Xavi-Tuime-Hatorgodo, and the Akatsi-Dagbamate-Avenorfeme road projects as well as uncapping the GETFund so that we can complete all the educational and infrastructure that have been abandoned.” former President Mahama assured.
He added “the youth of our country are facing massive unemployment on a scale never witnessed in our recent history. Many of them have lost hope in this beautiful country of ours.
This is a serious security concern for our dear nation, it requires urgent strategic well thought-through solutions. And this is why the next NDC government I will lead will be taking the bull by the horns by introducing the 24-hour economic policy to accelerate our economic expansion and this will make available a lot of employment opportunities to especially the young people of our country.”