The Paga Development Association in Accra has called on its citizens residing abroad to not forget about home but to always think about what to give back as their contribution to the development of Paga and its environs.
The Chairman of the association, Mr J. B. Achindiba, made the appeal at a get-together to honour some outstanding members; some were honoured posthumously.
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He said there were still a lot to do to improve the living conditions of the people back home and announced that the association would embark on some projects in Paga next year, as a way of giving something back to society.
According to Mr Achindiba, there were plans to buy books to donate to some schools and to stock the public library in Paga. A homecoming has been slated for next year to enable members of the association to interact with students in Paga and its environs, to motivate them to work hard to become useful citizens in future.
Mr Achindiba also announced that the huge tourist potential in Paga would be opened up to the outside world to create employment opportunities in the area.
In her remarks, the Chairperson for the occasion, Mrs Catherine Abavana, a former legal adviser to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), commended members of the association for their public spirit and charged them to not relent in their efforts to bring development to Paga and its environs.
Among those honoured at the occasion were octogenarian and elder statesman, Mr C.K Tedam, a former minister of state in the Second Republic and in the NRC regime, who also served as a member of the Council of State in the Kufuor administration, Mr Robert Mark Azu, a retired police officer, Mr Leo Kaba, a former Member of Parliament, and Madam Catherine Tedam, a former MP and minister of state.
Those who received posthumous awards were John Kubati Otoo, who was an entrepreneur, and John Dambasea, a former customs officer.