THE NIFAHENE of Osu Alata, Nii Agboba V and the Osu Development Committee (Osu Noyaa Kpee) have unearthed an immediate strategy to eliminate poverty and enhance the literacy level of the people of Osu.
This strategic initiative will also promote an Alternative Dispute Resolution committee across the four clans of Osu and GaDangme communities nationwide to promote peace amongst them.
Locally known as the ‘West End’ of Accra, Osu houses the seat of government of the country, the Christianborg Castle and boasts of its busy commercial, restaurant and nightlife activities, Osu is located about three kilometres east of the Central Business District of Accra.
Behind the intense beauty of the Oxford Street however, the indigenes of Osu face grievous challenges in the areas of development, education, sanitation and health.
Not only does the youth in the community engage in various vices due to unemployment; the high level of poverty also continues to cause the deprivation of the young ones of appropriate education.
The state of affairs coupled with frequent disputes among some clans of the community, have further hindered individuals and organizations who had wanted to help remedy the situation as they would not like to offend either party of the divide by dealing with one party.
But hope was restored to Osu, when some concerned citizens of the four quarters of the community came together to form a development committee, that is, the Osu Noyaa Kpee which aims at promoting peace, love and unity among the Osu people and possibly GaDangmes nationwide.
Hungry for development, the Nifahene of Osu Alata, Nii Agboba V, also a member of the GaDangme Europe Association and Nii Adzaye (Alex Adjei), Public Relations Officer of the GaDangme Europe Association, also a citizen of Osu, conjoined with the committee to reface the community.
Nii Agboba V in an encounter with the development committee, acknowledged the challenges facing the community stating that he will as a matter of urgency call on the Osu citizens in the GaDangme Europe Association to assist in cash and kind to eliminate poverty by promoting training of the youth in various employable skills, general farming and others.
He reiterated his resolve to support ‘brilliant but needy’ school children in Osu to an appreciable level of education. He also intends to promote health and sanitation by involving sanitation agencies and stakeholders.
Enhancing teaching and learning of the Ga language in all Osu schools and the introduction of literacy classes for the aged are some of the objectives of the Osu Development Committee.
The Dzaasetse of Osu Alata, Nii Kwashie Aniefi V, in a remark, assured the Nifahene of the community’s firm support, adding that, in his own way of helping to avert the situation, adopted and sponsored three people through school, two of which are currently at the university level and the last one in primary school.
The spokesperson of the Osu Development Committee, Hon. Erasmus Odartey Xerton, overwhelmed by the rapid response of the Nifahene, Nii Agboba V, urged all GaDangme citizens, especially, indigenes of Osu to emulate the gesture and assist in bringing Osu back to its former glory.