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Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and other Dignitaries unveiling the logo for the foundation

Oklepeme Foundation launched to champion education, health, economic dev’t

His Royal Majesty, Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaah Sasraku II, King of the Yilo Klo State, has launched the Oklepeme Foundation as part of efforts to continue prioritizing its commitment to social development.

The Oklepeme Foundation’s primary aim will be to connect directly with the less privileged and offer sustainable support in the areas of Education, Health, Socio-Economic Development, Sports and Environment.

The launch which was performed by His Royal Majesty, Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaah Sasraku II, King of Yilo Klo State at the Somanya Community Center, attracted hundreds of well-wishers including students, the clergy, chiefs, government officials and members of the general public.

Aside the aim of the launch which was geared towards outdooring the initiative’s board of trustees, its management members and allow citizens of Yilo Klo both home and abroad to understand its mandate as well as the benefits of the people, the event was also used to raise funds to support its initial projects.

The Yilo Krobo King said while the government was doing its best, it nevertheless cannot do it all and therefore the need to come together with resources to support each other no matter how small.

“It has been my heart’s desire since becoming the Paramount Chief of Yilo Klo to ensure the education of our children of school going age without dropping out because of financial reasons; that our young boys and girls will complete Senior High School without dropping out because of teenage pregnancy and related issues; that basic health and education will be accessible to all no matter how rich or poor,” he asserted.

But that is not all as the Paramount Chief further enumerated other visions including youth entrepreneurship, women empowerment as well as general enlightenment of the people.

“…training for the youth in areas of agriculture and entrepreneurship, training and support to women in starting small businesses, family planning and empowerment and the general eradication of ignorance, illiteracy and abject poverty.”

He further called on corporate Ghana, development agencies, Government, philanthropists and well-meaning people of Yilo Klo to offer the needed support for the development of the land.

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon Otiko Djaba who spoke as Special Guest of Honour at the event courted the benevolence of the public into supporting the sustenance of the program.

The Gender Minister who applauded the establishment of the Foundation was convinced that the program will positively impact on the education and quality of life in the community.

“To achieve the set goals of the Oklepeme Foundation, we must support and continue to invest in its projects that will be rolled out. Therefore, I fully support the setup of the Oklepeme Foundation, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the education and general quality of life in this community,” she said.

Underscoring the relevance of the program, Hon Otiko Djaba said it is in line with the NPP government’s social intervention programs to build a fair and inclusive society.

“The launch of this foundation is no doubt important and relevant especially at a time when the NPP government is initiating and implementing social intervention programmes to build a fair and inclusive society which aims at creating opportunities for all Ghanaians particularly the vulnerable who include children, women, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

“Events like this, are therefore crucial in laying the foundation for the developmental actions that are needed for the benefit of our people without discrimination,” she asserted.

Municipal Chief Executive

On his part, Municipal Chief Executive of Yilo Krobo, Honourable Ebenezzer Tetteh Kupualor expressed delight at the foresight of Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaah Sasraku II to establish the Foundation.

As MCE, the assembly chief noted that he was aware of the developmental needs of his people and looked forward to partnering the “strategic partners” including His Royal Majesty, for such activities.

“I was extremely delighted when His Royal Majesty, Nene Oklepeme Nuer Anorbaah Saskraku II told me about his intentions to set up a foundation to mobilize resources to support the develop agenda of the yilo krobo municipality. As a leader of the municipal Assembly, l am very much aware of the development needs of the area,” he said.

The assembly chief also averred that the education of the girl child, the empowerment of the youth in general and women in particular and the positioning of the Yilo Klo Municipality informed his decision to support the initiative with wholehearted devotion.

He therefore entreated corporate bodies, development partners, philanthropists and members of the community together with other bodies to invest in such a worthy cause towards the ultimate development of the community.

Honourable Kupualor as a mark of commitment pledged his support and that of the district towards all activities that will be rolled out by the Oklepeme Foundation.

The event saw the beautiful display of cultural dance as well as drama performances by students.

Source: ritefmonline.org

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