By:Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Sogakope
The Community Foundation, Non – Governmental Organization in collaboration with Ghana Philanthropy Forum have launched their fourth community based developmental concept at Fievie Traditional Area, Sogakorfe in the South Tongu district of the Volta region.
The foundation however launched its first water project at Mafi Kpedzeglo in the Central Tongu district, A Community ICT Center at Takla Gbogame in the Municipality and also the Volta Muslim Community Foundation which undertook the establishing of the first Arabic Secondary School for the Muslim Communities at Ho Zongo.
The Foundation’s latest launching at Sogakope in the Fievie Traditional Area formed part of the Abolo Za (Bread Festival) of the people of Fievie.
Speaking to IGNEWSS after the launch, Dr. Ben Ocra, President of Ghana Philanthropy Forum revealed that, the Community Foundation will be filling the developmental gaps in the communities.
Expressing his positive views about the communities where the concept has been already developed, he disclosed that, the various beneficiary communities are on the verge of seeing a bright future depending on the leadership of the foundation in the said communities.
“Talking about the future, I see a brighter future of these communities but that is dependence on few things. If the leadership is transparent and accountable to the community, and also, the leadership must have a documentation policies that guides the operations. They should also make the community a wide entity and not just an entity that is limited to the traditional leaders” Dr. Ocra stated.
He encouraged the Anloga and Keta communities which are yet to be launched, to develop a concept to enable them succeed and maintain sustainability after the foundation is launched.
Dr. Ocra urged the yet to be launched communities to expand their working committees to raise funds for the various outlined projects.
Togbe Atsuga Sogah II, the divisional Chief of Fievie, expressed gratitude to the community, chiefs from the Muslim communities for lending their support in the launch of (SOCODEF) and the organisers for putting together a successful programme.
Togbe Atsuga called on Chiefs to embrace the concept and desist over dependency on government and prove they are capable of developing the communities in their own small way.
He noted that the SOCODEF would unfold the fortunes of the Fievie Traditional areas and expose the youth and women to job opportunities.
Okatakyie Nana Anim 1, the Sanaahene of Ati New Tafo Akyem Abuakwa in the Eastern Region of Ghana who graced the occasion urged Chiefs and the people to put aside politics and focus on developing their communities.
He commended Togbe Atsuga Sogah II for his efforts towards development and called on chiefs to be united and work together as a team
“In Africa particularly Ghana, we believe in pull-him-down syndrome which is not helping us. This is the time someone is bringing development so this is the time everybody must come onboard. This is not politics. Let’s put politics aside. Chiefs don’t do politics.” Okatakyie Nana Anim 1 said
The Sanaahene pledged his readiness to collaborate with Togbe Atsuga Sogah II and Nana Akunor to advance the course of the relevance of Chiefs in the development of their communities to the world.
He lamented on how indiscipline has taken over the Ghanaian youth due to the lack of indepth knowledge in our culture and traditions.
He said it is time to educate the youth on the culture and traditions of the land to know the real principles of the traditional values.
Okatakyie Nana Anin I further revealed that, the maiden meeting of Royal Chiefs Association of Ghana, a newly formed Association will be held in Sogakope adding that, the gathering of the Royal Chiefs will deliberate on the diverse means of strengthening community Chiefs towards the development of the country.