The First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo today presented items to chiefs and traditional councils in Kpone, Ningo and Prampram.
The donation which included bags of corn and palm-nuts, gallons of palm-oil, crates of beer,malt and minerals, and cartons of water, “Castle Bridge” and “Schnapps” were to support the three traditional areas celebrate this year’s Homowo .
The First lady was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs and MP for Anyaa Sowutuom Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey,Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon.Elizabeth Sackey, Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and former MP for Tema West, Hon. Irene Naa Torshie, and CEO of Coastal Development Authority (CDA) Jerry Shaibu Ahmed.
The Homowo Festival is celebrated by the Ga tribe annually, to remind themselves of their long battle against famine and the eventual rains which led to good harvests to ease their hunger.
At Ningo, Mrs. Akufo-Addo also cut sod for the construction of a 40-stall market complex sponsored by The Rebecca Foundation of which she is Executive Director.
She said The Rebecca Foundation is determined to intensify the implementation of its initiatives in all parts of the country to compliment government’s efforts in enhancing the lives of its citizens.
The Rebecca Foundation since 2017 has implemented initiatives such as “Terema” (supporting women to improve their economic status), “Because I want to Be” (keeping girls in school) and “Learning to Read” (improving child literacy), among others, as well as the construction of health facilities and supply of hospital equipment to needy institutions, in its effort to better the lives of especially women and children.
The First lady also urged the people to take advantage of the many social intervention policies being implemented by the government of her husband, H.E. President Akufo-Addo including the Free SHS policy, to break the vicious cycle of semi-literacy and poverty in their communities.
Mrs. Akufo-Addo used the opportunity to advise the people of the three traditional areas not to let down their guards in this Covid-19 era, especially following the reduction in rate of infections, but rather adhere strictly to the safety protocol in this period of celebration to protect themselves from the dreadful disease.
Story: Sheila Satori Mensa