69,000 children work full time
by Kofi Ayim
More than sixty-nine thousand children, between the ages of 7 and 14 are full time workers in the second smallest administrative region of Ghana. The Upper East Region of Ghana, is surprisingly, the most culturally diverse. These statistics were given by Dr. Gabriel Ayine at the inaugural ceremony of the Upper East Community of Ghana-USA (UPEC) August 15, in the Bronx, New York City. Dr. Ayine pointed out that primitive agricultural implements and tools for the region’s majority peasant farmers coupled with unpredictable rainfall contribute to poor food crop production and facilitates widespread poverty. He therefore charged UPEC to help arrest some of the numerous challenges facing their native region in order to supplement and compliment government’s effort in other areas such as the free Compulsory Universal Basic Education. Dr. Ayine who has a PhD in Mathematics from Howard University is convinced that with focus and collective effort, UPEC could play a bigger role in improving the lives of the people of Upper East. “The challenges we and our people face require our collective efforts in order to make and effect positive changes in our community and in the lives of our people” he added. Dr. Gabriel Ayine is the author of ” Topics in the Differential Geometry of Supermanifolds: Super holonomy theorem”. He is currently a professor of mathematics at Howard Community College in Columbia Maryland, and also an adjunct lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Howard University in D.C
In a brief remark, Ghana’s new Permanent Representative to the U.N. H.E. Mrs Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee said that President Mahama has directed Ghanaian embassies and consulates to engage Ghanaians in the diaspora in order to identify and harness their potential resources towards the development of Ghana. She said Diaspora desks are being established in Ghana embassies to help identify and tapped into potential areas that could help Ghana. “Our doors are open” she told the crowd. H. E. emphasized the sense of unity and solidarity among Ghanaians living outside their country.