The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Madam Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has entreated the youth of the Agotime traditional area in the Volta Region to refrain from migrating to the urban areas in search of non-existent jobs.
This is because there are lucrative and fast expanding prospects worldwide for the area’s unique kente industry.
Madam Ofosu-Adjare was speaking at a durbar at Kpetoe on Saturday to climax this year’s Agbamevorza (Kente Festival) of the Agotime traditional area.
The celebration was on the theme: ‘Projecting the cultural values of Kente for unity and development’.
The minister pointed out that the tourism potential of Agotime’s kente industry was also immense with bright prospects, and that underlines the need for the youth to acquire and use the appropriate skills to tap the vast wealth around them in Agotime.
Madam Ofosu-Adjare announced plans by her ministry to commit greater zeal and resources to domestic tourism development and, therefore, urged communities to explore their potential in that sector to benefit from the assistance package from the ministry.
Earlier, the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, noted that the celebration of Agbamevorza had assumed greater dimensions, attracting more people from far and near.
For that matter, she urged the festival’s planning committee to continue to work hand-in-hand with various stakeholders to give the festival the necessary publicity to ensure a significant national and international impact.
Madam Ntoso described Agbamevorza as the culmination of the interplay of multifaceted industries in the socio-cultural and economic lives of the people.
“Therefore, we must ensure that the various industries associated with the festival, such as the textile and weaving, trade, agriculture and tourism function properly and holistically,” she added.
The Kornor of Agotime, Nene Nuer Keteku III, revealed that the population of Kpetoe and its environs had outgrown the community water supply system and that was not helping the economic activities of the people.
He, therefore, appealed to government to connect the area to the bigger Volta Water Supply system.
Nene Nuer Keteku again drew attention to the lack of a district hospital at Kpetoe which had been a district capital for the past 12 years, saying that the situation was undermining the wellbeing of the more than 45, 000 in the Agotime-Ziope District.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Kpetoe