The people of Ziope traditional area in the Agotime- Ziope District of the Volta Region have launched this year’s annual Agbleza festival in Ho.
Launching the festival, which will be on the theme “Planting for Food and Jobs in a Healthy Community,” in support of government’s commitment to the agriculture industry, the Paramount Chief of Ziope,Togbui Binah Lawluvi VI said the traditional area was determined to achieve greater heights to help transform the area by showcasing its rich culture and tradition to the good people of Ghana.
For his part, the festival would be unique and must be embraced by the people as a true heritage from their ancestors.
He said the festival started from a very humble beginning but can now boast of some numerous progress so far. He further implored the people of Ziope living home and abroad to come home for the celebration of this year’s Agbleza festival.
Minister for transport during the erstwhile Mahama administration, Mrs Dzifa Attivor, made a request to the ruling government through the District Chief Executive of Agotime- Ziope to bring one factory without delay to the area under the governments 1D 1F flagship programme to grow the local economy.
“They have the raw materials already so I will appeal to the government to construct one factory for the people of Ziope.” she said.
The Member of Parliament for Agotime- Ziope, Mr. Charles Agbeve, who was the chairman at the function, also added his voice to the call made by Mrs Dzifa Attivor for the importance of bringing a tomato processing factory to the traditional area.
“This will not only boost the production of tomatoes in the area but will create further employment to the teeming youth of the area and also raise the income levels and reduce poverty in the area which is very critical for us”. he added.
Some other chiefs present at the function include Zikpuitor Kobla Adzaho- former DCE for Agotime- Ziope, Togbe Kporku – Dusifiaga for Ziope TA, Togbe Vizaze Adzaho- Awadada for Ziope TA, Togbe Gorni Agbogbate lll and all the queen mothers of Ziope traditional area among others.
The week-long festival aimed at charting a path for a sustained and rapid development of the area starts on Monday 27th August would be climaxed with a durbar on Saturday, September 1 with thanksgiving on Sunday 2nd September.
The festival will feature an agricultural symposium and exhibition, as well as a beauty pageant, and cooking competitions among others. Proceeds would be invested into the ongoing construction of a nurses’ quarters.
By: Agbaxode Kobla Emmanuel