Ghana News-The Millennium Promise Alliance (MPA) believes the time has come for all stakeholders to come together to rescue Ghana’s dwindling cocoa sector.
Country Director for the MPA, Chief Nat Nsarko who was speaking at the Inter-tertiary Debate competition jointly organized by his outfit and Kuapa Kokoo stated that the time has come to trigger a national debate and interest in Ghana’s cocoa sector. He believes the Green Ghana Lecture Series and the Inter-tertiary Debate Competition are great avenues to achieve this.
He says with a renewed interest in Agriculture among the youth of Ghana, the country will truly become one beyond aid.
The theme for the programme was; “Empowering & attracting the second generation farmers in a Ghana beyond Aid”.
Chief Nat was particularly excited that the event emerged from a proposition of the kuapa farmers themselves who believed they could “cross-fertilize” ideas with the students of the universities in a move that will increase learning on both sides and bring the educated youth closer to the cocoa farmers.
KNUST wins debate
The oversubscribed event held at Kempinski Hotel saw debaters from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) emerge winners of the keenly contested debate competition.
8 Universities started the preliminary rounds but the number got trimmed to 4 universities at the finale.
The University of Cape Coast who were runners-up put up a spirited performance against the KNUST.
Deputy Education Minister
Deputy Minister of Education; Barbara Asher Ayisi who chaired the debate competition expressed excitement and government’s support for the initiative and hoped it will be a great learning opportunity.
She took the opportunity to outline some of the government’s achievements as well as efforts towards improving the lives of the youth of Ghana.
KNUST; Winners of the Debate took home a laptop computer each, Medals of participation, hampers from sponsors, a trophy for their school plus a cash price of 3,000 Cedis. They will also have a 1 year internship with MPA and KKFU as well as Asanka Connectivity for their respective school libraries.
The Runners-up also took home an electronic tablet each, Medals of participation, hampers from sponsors as well as a cash price of 1,500 cedis.
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