The Honoray Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Ghana, Hon. Paskal A.B. Rois has noted that the current global socio-economic difficulties and dynamics have posed a greater challenge to today’s youth than ever before. The situation, he said has been aggravated in the last one-and-a-half years by the Coronavirus pandemic which has not only claimed millions of lives across the world but also collapsed businesses and landed thousands of the youth in unemployment situations. Mr. Rois made the observation at the maiden Annual General Meeting of the Volta College Foundation at Aflao in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region over the weekend.
The College which is a youth organization of various professionals and individuals across the Volta and Oti Regions, began on 17th February, 2019 as a Fun Club with the major aim of bringing all Voltarians together to pursue a common vision of individual and collective improvement towards the betterment of the now two regions.
The Honorary Consul urged the Volta College members not only to remain united, committed and focused on their vision and goals but also use their multiplicity of talents, skills and ideas to advance themselves as Voltarians and ultimately the Volta region as a whole.
Hon. Rois touched on the huge tourism potentials of Indonesia which is the fourth largest country on the glove with a population of 260 million people. According to him, these tourism potentials and business opportunities can inure to the benefit of Ghana in general and the Volta Region in particular which also abounds in several tourist attractions.
The Honorary Consul gave the assurance that his Consulate would collaborate with the Volta College, the Municipal and District Assemblies as well as the traditional authorities and the people to promote tourism in the Volta Region which forms part of the Volta College Foundation’s major aims and objectives as a youth development-oriented organization.
Hon Rois also appealed to Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to devise additional innovative and sustainable policies to empower the youth to enable them give off their best to Mother Ghana. He admonished the VC members and their leadership to remain non-religious, non-tribal or ethnic and non-political in their forward march journey, emphasizing that they should see themselves as one people irrespective of their differences.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Infinity Group of Companies based at Penyi, Mr. John Kwakuvi Hounlessodji lauded the VC members and their leaders for the initiative and vision to unite for the development of the Volta Region. According to him, the theme chosen for the maiden AGM, ‘Joining Forces Together Towards a Better Tomorrow for Voltarians; the Role of VC Members’, is timely, adding that the Foundation must leave a legacy for the future generations.
The President and Founder of the Volta College, Mr. Barry Williams said since its establishment barely two years ago with about ten members, membership of the Foundation has increased to more than 600 people dotted not only in the Volta and Oti Regions but also in the Diaspora.
He mentioned the acquisition of a permanent office space in Ho, registration of the College with the Registrar General’s Department in Accra, financial support to more than 20 members in funeral and marriage donations, clean-up exercises as well as the donation of assorted food items, toiletories and ten sets of WC facilities to the Kpandio Prisons as some of the modest achievements of the College.
Mr. Williams announced that plans are far advanced to establish a vocational school in the region to bring back the love for artisanship among the youth. According to him, the architectural drawings for the school project are ready, awaiting a full discussion and approval at the next plenary session of the Foundation.
The Paramount Chief of Aflao and President of the Aflao Traditional Council, Torgbui Adzonugaga Amenya Fitti V stressed the need for the VC members to always portray the rich culture, values and traditions of Voltarians anywhere they find themselves. According to him, the region has been lagging behind over the years, adding that the earlier there is a paradigm shift, the better it would be for the present and future generations.
Torgbui Fitti V who is also the Vice President of the African Council of Chiefs, regretted that even though Aflao is an important international community on the globe because of its relationship with neighbouring Togo’s capital of Lome, it cannot be found on the tourism map of Ghana.
He charged the members of the Foundation not to deviate from their core objectives and vision, warning that any attempt to allow politics to divide them would collapse their vision and the group.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, Hon. Elliot Edem Agbenorwu pledged his support to the College, adding that all hands should be on deck towards the development of the Volta Region.