The chiefs and people of Avenorpedo in Akatsi South District of the Volta region on 31st August, 2019, celebrated their 32 anniversary of Agbeli Festival. The theme for the celebration was ‘Youth Development through Education and Sports. The guest of honour was the Volta Regional Minister, Hon. Johnson Avuletey, who was represented by the Keta Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Godwin Edudzi Effah.
Avenorpedo has a population of three thousand and they are mostly vegetable farmers. There are eight divisions in Avenorpedo. They are Apegame, Apedome, Adzikakpornu, Awudzakpornu and Gborbidzikpornu. The rest are Gbagokpornu Floganu and Adume. Togbi Dzogbede V is the Dufia of Avenorpedo.
In Hon. Godwin Edudzi Effah’s address, he said he was happy to be present at the festival. He promised the chiefs and people of Avenorpedo that he would report the festival to the Awoamefia Togbi Sri 111 when he returned to Keta. He added that in the 2020 Agbeli Festival, he will come with the Awoamefia Togbi Sri 111, the Awoamefia of Anlo Traditional Area.
He disclosed that the Deputy Regional Minister, Hon. Avuletey has promised to donate hundred (100) bags of cement to fence the compound of Avenorpedo EP JHS. He explained that the minister has also pledged to assist the Akatsi South District Chief Executive, Hon. Leo-Nelson Adzidogah to supply computers to the two schools in Avenorpedo. Hon. Godwin Edudzi Effah personally donated two thousand (GHc2,000) to Avenorpedo community at the durbar.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Assemblyman for the Avenorpedo Electoral Area, Hon. Raphael Kofi Ahiable, said the youths of Avenorpedo have decided to revive the Avenorpedo Agbeli Festival because through the festival there can be unity and development. According to him, they had chosen the theme ‘ Youth Development through Education and Sports’ to develop the youths of Avenorpedo.
He disclosed that the Avenorpedo EP JHS and Avenorpedo D/A have no computers to learn Information Communication Technology. He appealed to the Volta Deputy Regional Minister, to assist Avenorpedo to fence the EP compound. He said ninety four thousand Ghana cedis (94,000) will be spent in fencing the school. He appealed to the deputy minister to contact the Ministry of Special Initiative to construct AstroTurf (artificial pitch) to replace the existing pitch at the Avenorpedo EP JHS.
The Member of Parliament for Akatsi South Constituency, Hon. Bernard Ahiafor said he felt happy that Agbeli Festival has been revived. He urged the chiefs and people of Avenorpedo to eschew politics which divided them from celebrating the festival for the past three years. He called for unity among them so that the festival suffers the same fate again. He promised to donate five (5) computers to the school and five thousand (GHc 5,000) for the walling of the pitch. He added he will be in constant talk with the assemblyman as far as development projects are concerned in the area.
The District Chief Executive for Akatsi South, Hon. Leo-Nelson Adzidogah, who is a native of Avenorpedo cautioned his people to forget the past and forged ahead that the Agbeli Festival remains as an annual celebration of the people. He asked the assemblyman for the area to furnish him the bill of estimates for his consideration. He said he will endeavour to provide assistance that the community’s request are met. He added he will provide the school with a library and build a weighing shed at the Avenorpeme Clinic.
Meanwhile, the Avenorpeme Progressive Youth Association abroad has donated fifteen (15) computers to the Avenorpeme Evangelical Presbyterian School. According to Dr. Paul Nyagorme. The National Organizer said they were moved by the plight of the children. He disclosed that they also wanted to bridge the gap between the urban and the rural communities as far as ICT is concerned.
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