Indian High Commissioner visits Aburihene
The India High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Rajinder Bhagat, and his entourage last Sunday paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Aburi, Otoobour Djan Kwasi II, at his palace at Aburi in the Akuapim South District in the Eastern Region.
The visit was to facilitate the cordial relations between the high commission and the Eastern Region.
The High Commissioner, who toured the Kom Presbyterian Hospital and the Aburi Botanical Gardens, donated a motorbike, five sewing machines, five ceiling fans, a solar cooker, assorted drinks and five boxes of drugs to support the community.
Presenting the items to the chief and his elders, Mr Bhagat said the community was among those that were rich in tourist attractions which must be given the necessary support for a facelift.
He said the Indian government had pledged to collaborate with the community in order to make Aburi one of the best tourist sites in West Africa.
The High Commissioner, who planted a commemorative tree to mark his visit, promised the people of Aburi scholarships, adding that so far about 1,500 Ghanaian students had benefited from the scheme.
The scholarship, he said, would cover programmes such as Accounting, Hospital Management, Finance, Tourism, Marketing and Science and Technology to help build the capacity of the people of the region and also improve their livelihoods.
The Aburihene, who expressed his sincere appreciation to the High Commissioner, noted that the region needed such support to improve lives.
He said one of the major challenges confronting the people of the community is the poor nature of the Aburi-Nsawam road, adding that it had hindered development in the community, since the road did not attract people to the tourist sites.
Otoobour Djan Kwasi, therefore, appealed to the government to come to the aid of the community.
The District Chief Executive for Akuapim South, Mr Winston Kwadwo Afari-Djan, noted that most of the tourist sites had lost their past glory as a result of the lack of funds and support.
However, he said, the district would soon have its own district hospital to improve healthcare delivery for the people.
Mr Afari-Djan thanked the Indian High Commissioner for the support and urged him not to renege on his promises.