Agogo Omanhene confers “Obrempong” on Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai

BY: Musah Yahaya Jafaru
Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai paying homage to Nana Kwame Akuoku Sarpong, Omanhene of Agogo Traditional Area
Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai paying homage to Nana Kwame Akuoku Sarpong, Omanhene of Agogo Traditional Area

The Omanhene of Agogo Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Akuoku Sarpong, has conferred the title of “Obrempong” on the Chief Executive Officer of the Zongo Development Fund (ZoDF), Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai.

The conferment of the traditional title, which means “a man of honour, authority, influence and power in a community”, elevates Dr. Abdulai to the important status of a member of Agogohene’s Traditional Council.

The conferment programme, which was witnessed by an impressive array of traditional rulers, sub-chiefs, zongo chiefs, Imams, citizens and subjects of Agogo took place at the Omanhene’s palace in Agogo on New Year’s Day.

Nana Akuoku Sarpong said the exemplary performance of Dr. Arafat Suleman Abdulai in transforming the lives of Agogo citizens through the provision of social infrastructure, such as schools, community sports and recreational centre (astro turf,) street lights and a 1.5 kilometre road at Agogo Zongo (Jesirekrom), made it incumbent on the Agogo Traditional Council to recognize, formalize and appreciate the hardworking Chief Executive of ZoDF.

He noted that the Agogo Traditional Area had had prominent citizens who had held important positions, such as Ministers, Chief Executive Officers, High Commissioners and Ambassadors, but very few were able to attract transformative projects to Agogo, in the manner Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai had done.

The elated traditional ruler stated that he was yet to witness such an impactful intervention by an individual in Agogo, in his “lifetime”, adding that the level of investment and the quality of work executed at the Astro Turf by the ZoDF was “substantial”.

In his response, Dr Arafat thanked the Omanhene and the people of Agogo for the honour done him with the conferment of the enviable title on him.

He expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for giving him the opportunity to serve, and offering him the needed financial and moral support.

Obrempong Dr Arafat pledged to continue to offer his best, through the ZoDF, to propel socio-economic development in zongo communities in the country.

Dr. Arafat has been widely recognized for his immense leadership, commitment and dedication to zongo communities. In 2020, the Ghana Leadership Awards (GLA) gave him the “CEO of the Year” award.

In December last year, the GLA conferred the prestigious “Ghana Order of Merit” award (overall winner) on Dr. Arafat in recognition of his selfless and relentless pursuit of development in zongo communities. He also took the “Community Leadership” Award for his achievements in the advancement of education, health and economic empowerment in zongo communities.