An Association of Miss Asafotu winners called GEM, has duly been launched in Big-Ada ahead of the Ada festival.
The Association which has the backing of all Clan Queens, Chiefs and opinion leaders in the area seeks to advocate for the elimination of teenage pregnancy, adolescent and sex education as well as youth, particularly girl child empowerment through skills acquisition for self reliability.
The event was the very first activity that precedes this year’s Asafotufiami of the Chiefs and people of the Ada Traditional Area.
The Ada East District Chief Executive, Dugbakie Pobee who graced the event said her outfit will team up with such advocacy groups aimed at curbing teenage pregnancy and improving the live of the girl child through education in the district.
According her, the rate of teenage pregnancy in the district and the Ada Traditional Area in general, has been alarming and must be tackled head-on by all stakeholders.
Dugbakie Pobee noted that, since the assumption of office, she has initiated programmes and carried sensitisation programmes to reverse the worrying trend. This she intimated, has resulted in recording only one case of teenage pregnancy in the last BECE, compared to several of such cases in the past.
She therefore pledged the Assembly and her personal support for GEM, to make positive impacts in eliminating teenage pregnancy in the district and the entire Ada Traditional Area. 2020.
The head of Dangmebiawe Clan of the Ada Traditional Area, Nene Tetteh Larnuerh Okumo who chaired the occasion sought the opportunity to advise Chiefs, Queens and Clan heads to endeavour to assist brilliant but needy pupils in their respective communities, irrespective of their relationship with them. Nene Tetteh Larnuerh Okumo who declared his assistance for the association to realise its objectives also implored the Dangme youth, especially the ladies to imbibe decency in their dressing since it really defines them.
The President of GEM, Bridget Dopey Ofoe enumerating the objectives of the association said, helping to actualise the vision of Queen mother of the area and championing the course of rural women in leadership to bring about development is at the core of their pursuit. Miss Ofoe affirmed that they will work assiduously towards the upliftment of education among the youth in the Ada Traditional Area.
Present at the launch were assembly members, Clan Queens and heads as well as the youth.
By: Edward Tetteh