With pomp and pageantry, the people of Akrofuom-Adansi in the newly created Akrofuom District in the Ashanti Region celebrated the nation’s Independence Anniversary for the first time as a district.
People from all walks of life in the district converged on the Akrofuom Methodist School Park for the colourful celebration which had 16 schools, two cardet corps and three social clubs in attendance with Richard Gyekye of the Ghana Police Service as the parade commander.
The principal streets of Akrofuom were adorned with national colours and enthusiasm of the public was whipped as the pupils and cadet corps of the various schools marched from their respective schools to the parade grounds for the event.
Addressing the gathering, the District Chief Executive, Mr Maurice Jonas Woode, who took the salutes, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Nananom and all citizens of Akrofuom for the unflinching support and prayers for the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, led government as well as his administration in the district.
He also commended them for their peaceful co-existence which had brought the nation and the district this far despite the many challenges ‘we have faced as a district, Constituency and nation.’
Mr Woode reiterated that the celebration of independence anniversary should be of importance to all citizens since “it enables us to celebrate the strength that comes from speaking with a united voice.”
He added that the celebration also afforded Ghanaians to celebrate the coming gathering of different people to make a united and strong nation citing the diverse yarns used in the weaving of the Kente fabric as an example.
“Just watch the master Kente and Fugu weavers at work, and you will appreciate the strength that comes from the coming together of different and varied yarns to make a strong fabric with intricate and beautiful designs,” the DCE said.
At the end of the march past, certificates of participation were presented to all the schools that participated in the event to remind them of being part of the first celebration of the event in the district since its creation.
At the kindergarten level, Bethany Kindergarten (KG) of Akrofuom placed first, Okyerekrom KG placed second and Akrofuom District Assembly KG took the third position.
At the primary level, Akrofuom Roman Catholic Primary placed first, Bethany Primary placed second and Harvard Primary settled for third.
Akrofuom Roman Catholic Junior High School (JHS) once again took the first position in the JHS category, followed by Akrofuom District Assembly JHS in second position and Akrofuom Methodist JHS placing third.
In attendance were the District Coordinating Director, Mr Stephen Asante; Mr Peter Amponsah, Member of Parliament for Akrofuom-Adansi; Nana Asare Bediako, Ahenemahene of Akrofuom; Deputy Superintendent of Police C. Adagbe of the Ghana Police Service; Divisional Officer II, Alfred Quartey of the Ghana Fire Service; representative of the various political parties, teachers, assembly members, heads of departments, clergy, parents and the general public.
FROM KINGSLEY ASARE, AKROFUOM-ADANSI