The Vice President and Flagbearer of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has spoken of the significant role the celebration of festivals play in the preservation of Ghana’s rich cultural heritage.
Speaking in Nandom, in the Upper West Region on Sunday December 3, 2023, at the launch of the 23rd edition of the Kakube Festival, Dr. Bawumia said, festivals, such as the Kakube Festival, hold a “special place in the rich tapestry of Ghana’s cultural heritage,” and therfore, called for the promotion of festivals to preserve Ghana’s rich culture, and also promote development.
“As we gather here amidst the vibrant display of tradition and culture, it is important to recognize the invaluable role festivals, like Kakube, play in preserving our heritage,” Dr. Bawumia said.
“Festivals hold a special place in the rich tapestry of Ghana’s cultural heritage. It serves as a testament to our reverence for tradition, unity, and the preservation of our unique customs that bind us together as a nation.”
While commending the Chiefs and People of Nandom Traditional Area for upholding the celebration of the Kabuke Festival, Dr. Bawumia called for opportunities in the celebration of festivals to be utilised to bring more benefits to the people.
“These occasions, not only celebrate our past, but also serve as platforms to chart the course for our future. They are opportunities to reflect on our achievements, acknowledge our challenges, and renew our commitment to progress and development,” he said.
“We gather here not merely to revel in festivities but to reiterate our unwavering commitment to fostering peace, enhancing unity, and propelling development in our beloved nation.”
With disturbances in nearby Burkina Faso, Dr. Bawumia called on all in the area and beyond, to safeguard the peace in Ghana, in order to ensure continuous development.
“Peace is the cornerstone upon which progress and prosperity are built. It is incumbent upon each of us to safeguard this invaluable asset. Let us embrace dialogue, understanding, and tolerance in resolving differences, nurturing an environment where peace flourishes and endures across our communities.”
“Unity stands as our strength. Together, united in purpose, we are a formidable force capable of surmounting any challenge. Let us embrace diversity, leverage our collective strengths, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the pursuit of our shared aspirations.”
Dr. Bawumia also called for continuous investment in education, noting that it represents a brighter pathway for generations.
Present at the ceremony included: MP for Nandom Constituency, Ambrose Dery, who is also the Minister for Interior.
Also present were National Chairman of the NPP, Stephen Ayesu Ntim, former Genral Secretary of the NPP Kwabena Agyapong and Upper West Regional Minister Hafiz Bin Salih.