Monday, April 27, 2009


THE Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation was launched in Kumasi last Saturday with a call on African countries not to look up to the developed nations to solve all their problems for them.
Former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, who made the call, said initiatives like what Otumfuo had undertaken was what Africa needed to drive the vehicle for development.
In a video message delivered at the ceremony, Mr Wolfensohn said Africa faced a number of challenges and unless the nations took initiatives in areas like education and health, the future could not be all that bright.
He said with an average per capita income of $1,700 and actual incomes not good, African governments must work hard to bring hope to their people.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Nana Fredua Agyeman Pambour, explained that the foundation sought to consolidate the gains of the Otumfuo Education Fund and the Serwaa Ampem AIDS Foundation, and translate the future visions of Otumfuo into implementable decisions.
He said the foundation was not targeting Ashanti alone but the entire nation.
He said the Asantehene had never been selfish that was why when he sought a $5-million grant from the World Bank for development projects and programmes about five years ago, he allocated $500,000 to the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.
The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Prof. K.K. Adarkwa, who chaired the ceremony, noted that the Charity Foundation would provide enormous benefits for the vulnerable in society. Present was Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

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