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COUNCIL OF BRONG AHAFO ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA (COBAANA) CHICAGO CONVENTION COMMUNIQUE

The eighth Annual convention of the Council of Brong Ahafo Association of North American ended in a grand style at Holiday Inn Conference Center in Matteson, Illinois on Sunday September 3rd 2017.
The two days events included COBAANA general meeting, fund raising dinner dance, traditional festivities and picnic. The Convention was under the theme “Education, powerful tool for development”
The ceremony brought together citizens, families and friends of Brong-Ahafo residents in the United States of America and Canada to raise and mobilize resources to complete the construction of a four unit classroom block at Ayakomaso, a farming community near Sunyani which was started about a year ago. COBAANA is an umbrella organization of the various Brong Ahafo Associations across the cities in both Canada and the United States of America. They meet every year to discuss issues affecting the region and raise funds for various development projects in the region.
The Guest of Honor, Hon. Kwaku Ansomah Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, extended greetings from President Nana Akufo-Addo, the citizens of Brong-Ahafo Region and the people of Ghana to the members of COBAANA. He thanked the association for its tremendous contributions and support in various projects to improve lives in the region.
He urged the citizens of the Brong Ahafo region in the diaspora to act as ambassadors to try and sell the industrial potentials in the region to the outside world with the view to attracting investors to the region to help move the NPP government one district on factory agenda forward. To this end, he told the delegates that his administration will set up a diaspora desk at the regional coordinating council where information on the resources in the region will be available to COBAANA and potential investors who are ready to invest in the region. He elaborated on the various resources that abound in the region and how these resources can provide employment opportunities for the people in the region. He also said the government promised on free SHS initiative is on track for a successful implementation.
The Regional Minister also said the Sunyani Government hospital which is the only referral hospital in the region, is in a dire need of repairs, especially the maternity ward that has most of the equipment in bad conditions and urged COBAANA to help in that aspect.
The Regional Minister also participated in Q&A session during the picnic where he addressed and answered questions and concerns that the delegates have concerning the Brong-Ahafo Region such as land disputes, education, health care delivery, youth unemployment, investments and others.
The Deputy Minister of Defense Major (Ret), Derrick Oduro who was the special guest of honor and a native of the region also took the opportunity to thank COBAANA for its prodigious contribution to the people of the region and Ghana as a whole. He said the Brong Ahafo regional development and prosperity should go beyond partisan politics and therefore called on COBAANA to bring all politicians in the region together in their future conventions irrespective of their political affiliation.
He also encouraged the citizens in the diaspora to always remember their roots and find ways to invest in businesses and ventures back home to enhance the social economic development in the region and in Ghana as a whole.
The keynote speaker Rev Dr. Gabriel Amoateng-Boahen, spoke under a theme: EDUCATION POWERFUL TOOL FOR DEVELOPMENT. He stated “education is the key in eliminating gender inequality, reducing poverty, creating a sustainability planet, preventing needless deaths and illness, and fostering peace.”
Dr. Amoateng-Boahen , stated the “True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge. But the refusal to acquire knowledge” even though education is expensive, ignorance is much more expensive that it.
During his remarks, Dr. Amoateng-Boahen also touched on other issues affecting the health and the well-being of the people in the region. He recommended “Operation Clean your Environment” initiative which involves basic hygiene to help reduce or control malaria and other infectious diseases in the region and preventive care. He said Preventive medicine is better and cheaper than curative medicine as old saying that “Prevention is better than cure.” He also emphasized the need to change our eating habits to prevent blood pressure and diabetes diseases.
Dr. Amoateng-Boahen congratulated COBAANA for great and remarkable achievements within the span of eight years and stated how COBAANA generosity has positively impacted and influenced lives in the region.
He finally advised and encouraged the audience to go back to our roots by introducing prayer back in the schools and make God the center of our daily lives since the Fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom and wisdom is of God.
Other dignitaries who attended the convention were the Deputy Minister of Defense & MP for Nkoranza North, Mr. Charles Bofah and Mr. Maxwell Aforo chairman and co-chairman of the occasion, Nana Ofori Panin Gyamfi Kumanin, Chief of Heman Satiase, Nana Odeneho Osei Kwabena, representative of Twafoohene in Dormaa Traditional area, Nana Adu –Gyamfi Chicago hene, Nana Effah Ameyaw, Enseniehene of Techiman Traditional Area, Nana Yeboah Pene, queen mother of Chiraa, Nana Abenaa Pokuaa, Chicago hemaa, Nana Owusuaa Aduamire Benkumhemaaa of Nkoranza,
The Chairman of COBAANA Mr. Alex Ankamah, in his welcome address, called on the regional coordinating council to see COBAANA as a partner in all matters relating to Brong Ahafo development. He reiterated the importance of education and the role it plays in economic, social and community development in a nation and pledged the willingness of the association to help in every capacity to make sure every child will have the opportunity and access to basic education.
He said the 4 unit classroom block under construction by COBBAANA to the people of Ayakomaso, a farming village near Sunyani would be completed by the end of the year. He therefore appealed to all citizens from the region in North America to join the associations in their States or Cities so together we can build a strong financial force to support and develop the region.
Earlier in the day, the delegates deliberated on many issues affecting the association and the region. They stressed the need to help empower our youth especially those in the diaspora so that their potentials can be unearthed and prepare them as future leaders.

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