The Council of Brong Ahafo Association of North America (COBAANA) has marked its 5th anniversary, with a fund-raising ceremony to mobilize funds for educational development projects in the region.
The First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, a native of the region, who was also the guest of honour, said one of the core objectives of the Lordina Foundation was to change lives through education.
Mrs. Mahama commended COBAANA for engaging citizens of Ghana living in the USA and Canada to focus on the need to promote education in Ghana at the gala and fund-raising ceremony, held at La Victoria Banquet Halls and Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.
“I am glad to know that you have not forgotten where you came from, and doing your best to support education in Ghana; so much is already happening in the area of education back home. This is the surest way we can effectively change people’s lives,” she said.
She said the government spent the biggest part of the budget on education. “It is estimated that 1/3 of Ghana’s national budget is spent on education”.
Mrs. Mahama pledged to do her best to bring sustainable development to the region, since the future of the region and the country was in the hands of its citizens.
“As a nation, education must serve as a catalyst for eliminating ignorance, poverty, disease, unemployment and gender inequality.” she said.
The president of the COBAANA, Mr. Alex Ankomah, said the accrued funds for this year would support some elementary schools in rural areas which were still studying under trees and help support government’s effort at providing quality education.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Opoku, said the government had embarked on massive educational infrastructural development from the tertiary to elementary levels in the region.
He said currently, there were 1,668 primary schools, of which 1,249 had been structured.
The Member of Parliament for New Market-Aurora and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development in Canada, Madam Lois Brown, who was impressed with the initiative, described the relationship between Ghana and Canada as that of a family.
She said Canada was already investing into several sectors of the economy in Ghana.
Madam Brown presented a citation from the Canadian government to the First Lady, commending the for her humanitarian work.
By Times Reporter