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 Awudome-Avenui: Green, clean, friendly community
The scenery at Awudome-Avenui

Awudome-Avenui: Green, clean, friendly community

THE green scenic beauty of the Awudome hills, clean surroundings and abundance of trees at Awudome-Avenui in the Ho West District of the Volta Region are features which hold the first-time visitor captive for long.

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Furthermore, the friendly nature of the people is awesome. The people of Awudome-Avenui revere their environment, so they do not cut trees without tangible reasons.

Trees do not only surround homes but they also overshadow the compounds of the houses, giving the community a dense green coverage.

The community meeting squares are pleasantly cool and breezy with the trees spreading their branches to form canopies, preventing the rays of the sun from reaching the ground.

Simply put, Awudome-Avenui is a beautiful and environmentally friendly community with rich human values.

                                                      

  Environment

The commitment of the people to the well-being of the environment was readily demonstrated on Tuesday when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the No Bush Burning pilot project in the farming community on May 5.

Clean Awudome-Avenui

The entire population, including concerned basic school children, turned up at the meeting square to welcome the EPA officials.

The Regional Director of EPA, Hope Smith Lomotey, described the response of the people towards the project as very encouraging.

The project is meant to grow one million trees in Awudome-Avenui, Awudome-Kwanta, Awudome-Tsibu and neighbouring Dededo to serve as a carbon sink for the Oxygen City project of the Ho municipality.

The Oxygen City project is meant to keep the air in Ho pure all the time.

Mr Lomotey said the project, which would be replicated in the Adaklu and Afadzato-South districts would involve planting a total of five million tree seedlings to enhance the Oxygen City project.

He explained that although the project was being implemented in Ho, it was necessary to protect neighbouring areas of Ho for the success of that project.

Queen

Meanwhile, things took a more serious turn when the Queen of Awudome-Avenui, Mama Akorake Gbeklui IV, declared the full support of the people for the project and vowed to ensure that those who started bush fires would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for action.

  Profile

Awudome-Avenui is a farming community with a population of about 4,000.

The people migrated from Notsie in Togo and finally settled at their present place of abode almost 600 years ago. They are farmers who produce plantain, maize, yam, cocoa, oranges and mangoes.

The community has a five-member committee that supervises cleanliness, with Charles Anyomi as the chairman and the environmental focal person.

An old and preserved building at Awudome-Avenui

Apart from a mosque, the chapels of the E.P. Church, Ghana, the Methodist Church, Ghana, the New Apostolic Church, Assemblies of God and the Christian Assembly are some of the striking features of Awudome-Avenui, where crime is absent.

The weather is a case of two extremes - heavy rains and cold spells in the wet season and a very bright sun with heat in the dry season. The trees offer protection against the sun and serve as windshields in times of storms.

Food

According to Mr Anyomi, food was not a problem in Awudome-Avenui because the harvests on the farms were more than abundant.

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There are ready markets for the harvests by customers who travel from other parts of the region to the community.

Apart from that, foodstuffs are also sold in the local market, Kpeve and Ho markets.

Old buildings are kept clean and their compounds are devoid of rubbish, adding further beauty to the community.

Despite the ‘comfortable’ status of Awudome-Avenui, there are a few challenges in the community posing discomfort to the people.

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According to Mr Anyomi, the borehole, which supplied water to homes for years, was now inadequate for Awudome-Avenui, which was still expanding, and there was a need for more water supply to the community.

In addition, he said the public place of convenience was an old pit latrine and needed to be replaced with water closets.

 Road

Mr Anyomi said the road from nearby Awudome-Anyirawase, which ran through the Awudome-Avenui to Bame, was in a horrible state and needed to be fixed in the interest of the people and the broader national interest.

The local technical school built some 11 years ago bears ample testimony to the self-help spirit of the people.

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The scenery at Awudome-Avenui is ideal for tourism promotion.

 It is, therefore, hoped that the road running through the community would be fixed as soon as possible to enhance other economic activities in the area and attract other businesses to the area.

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