The people of Dekpor in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta region have celebrated their annual “Morlu Za” (Rice Festival) with a focus on uniting for development. The week-long celebration climaxed in a colourful ceremony that brought together the chiefs and people of Dekpor.
The chairman for the Dekpor Development Committee, Dumega Wilson Akey, highlighted the importance of community-driven initiatives towards the socio-economic transformation of the community. He urged the people of Dekpor to come together and champion self-help projects and programmes for the development of the community.
While recognizing that the government cannot fix all development challenges, he encouraged all hands to be on deck in order to see positive change in the society.
Aspiring parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Ketu North, Gabriel Kwamigah-Atokple Tanko, was also in attendance. He commended the people of Dekpor for their determination to lead the development of the area.
Tanko called for the expansion of rice cultivation in the area as a viable venture that could create more job opportunities for the people, particularly the youth. He also advocated for the establishment of rice milling factories and out-grower schemes in the region to empower the people.
The Weta Irrigation Scheme was acknowledged as one of the largest in the country, producing thousands of tonnes of rice annually. The festival celebrated under the theme “Uniting for Development” also saw deserving individuals receiving citations of honour for their contributions towards the improvement of the community.
The festival has brought to light the importance of community development initiatives and the need for self-help projects to address societal challenges. It is expected that the people of Dekpor will leverage their strengths and resources to drive development and improve their socio-economic status.