Chiefs and queen mothers invited to be ambassadors for rural development

Development of social villages

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Ohemaa Ofosua Aduanwomah Amoakoa Ahuofe I, founder of the Nananom Global Development Association (NAGLODA), urged traditional leaders to join the campaign to transform rural communities into cities.
She said traditional leaders have the power to help their communities develop by identifying the different challenges people face and finding long-term solutions.

Ohemaa Ahuofe I spoke at the launch of the project “Promoting villages to cities”, initiated by her in Aburi in the East region.

The project, which involves stakeholders in improving the standard of living of populations living in rural areas, should last five years.

The program attracted 44 participants, including 27 traditional leaders from across the country.
She said she had built public toilets in Ahinase to deter community members from defecating in the woods, adding, “Nananom must adopt a village to develop to advance the agenda.”

She pointed out some of the problems facing the communities, such as teenage pregnancies, illiteracy, poor quality of road and telecommunication networks, poor leadership and lack of a culture of maintenance.

She also said that they owned about 80% of the land in the country, which was to be put to good use and not sold for their benefit, leaving their people to suffer.

Nana Kwadwo Tanno II, chief of Breman Fawomanyo in the central region, said traditional leaders must embrace moral education to meet the physical, emotional, social and educational needs of people in their communities.

“We must not only consider formal education in the classroom, but teach our people, especially the young, good morals… We must nurture [them to have] a good attitude towards work because they find no interest in hard work,” he said.

He noted that some traditional leaders were too flippant about community development, saying, “We have to form networks if we want to develop our communities.”

Contributor, Nana Osei Agyekum Kyere Mmorosah (II), the Sanaahene of NAGLODA, said the association has established a piggery in Asaafa in the central region as part of its efforts to promote the communities and provide jobs for the unemployed.

He also urged NAGLODA officials to amend the constitution to allow other stakeholders who are not traditional leaders but have an interest in community building to join as members.

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