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Paga Celebrates Fao Festival

2005-12-08 17:19:48
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A Grand durbar of the chiefs and people of the Paga Traditional Area was organised to round off their three-day Fao Festival last Saturday.Indeed, the attendance was overwhelming and the carnival was superb.
Apart from activities on the durbar ground, there was drumming, singing of traditional songs by both men and women groups amidst dancing on the streets of Paga, near Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana District of the Upper East Region.

Paga, with a population of 160,000 and a total land area of about 1,673 square kilometres, is noted for its eco-tourism (crocodile pond) which attracts visitors both local and foreign to the region.

The Fao festival, which is celebrated annually, gives thanks to the gods of the Paga state, for their protection throughout the farming season and ensuring a bumper harvest.

The people also use the occasion to appeal to the gods to give them continuous health, effective development and prosperity.

The theme for this year’s celebration was “Education: Key to Poverty Reduction and Human Resource Development”. Among those who graced the occasion were the Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Boniface Gambilla and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Development Studies (UDS), Professor John B. Kaburise.

Prof. Kaburise, who was the guest speaker, suggested that stakeholders of education should engage in a continuous review of the school curricula and that needed to happen across board to the level of university education.

The Vice Chancellor lauded the government’s 10-year school feeding programme and urged the people to identify nutritious food items and grow them in abundance to feed the children.

He stressed the need for the people to send their girls to school and also ensure that they were retained, rather than being given out for early marriages and also desist from exposing them to inimical cultural practices.

The Paga Pio, Pe Awa Awampaga II, commended President J.A. Kufuor and his government for ensuring freedom and peace as well as the immense level of development, which had spread all over the country, saying “the electricity in the villages, streetlights in towns, boreholes, clinics and schools, among others, are just a few of the many good things which you have done to show that you keep faith with your people.”

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