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Regional News Wed, 22 Jan 2003

Tindonsobligos celebrate Yagle-Kuure Festival

Tindonsobligo (Upper East) -- The Tindonsobligo community in the Bolgatanga municipality has initiated a 40m cedis clinic project to enhance healthcare delivery in the community.

Charles Amalga Atubiga, assemblyman for the area, announced this at their annual “Tindaama Yagle-Kuure” festival which had as its theme, “Culture: A Tool for Development.”

Atubiga said the clinic project was vital to the community, as it would serve as a rallying point for educating the people on contemporary health issues, including the HIV/AIDS menace.

He said health workers at the clinic would also sensitise the people on the adverse effects of alcoholism and large family sizes. He urged residents of the area to contribute generously to make the project a success.

The Assemblyman commended the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for providing the community with three hand-dug wells and 15 KVIP latrines.

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Atubiga thanked the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for assisting in the construction of a Nutrition/Day Care centre for the community. Rockson Bukari, Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, announced that a committee would be instituted to ensure that all communities in the area benefit from the rural electrification project.

Bukari urged the people to pay their basic rates regularly to enable the Assembly to generate sufficient revenue to undertake more development projects in the local communities. He appealed to the youth to stop drifting to the urban centres to engage in menial jobs.

Agongo Abonsummo, Tindana of Tindonsobligo, appealed to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Municipal Assembly to help dredge the local dam to enable the people undertake dry season agriculture.

Dominic Atambire, Chairman of the festival's planning committee, said "Tindaama Yagle-Kuure" was not only an occasion for merry making but that it had become a pivot for mobilizing the people of the area for the planning of development projects. An appeal for funds in aid of the clinic project yielded 1m cedis.

Source: gna
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