The Konkomba Students Union (KONSU) has reached out to 40 communities located in the Pru District of the Brong-Ahafo region. During the outreach, community members were engaged in discussions to generate possible solutions to : Unhealthy cultural practices( early/forced marriages and expensive funerals), low level of education, increasing incidence of violence, prudent financial management as well as health and hygiene issues.
The outreach forms part of major activities marking the Union’s 7th Annual National Congress held at Prang from 4th to 10th January 2016.
Other challenges presented by the natives included: destruction of farm produce by cattle belonging to Fulani herdsmen, poor collaboration between parents and other family members in educating children, inadequate funds to support their children’s education, etc. The role of the KONSU members was to guide them in generating possible local ideas to help them overcome these challenges.
A grand durbar was held on the 9th of January 2016 to climax the week-long congress, with over thousand attendants from the surrounding communities.
In his speech, the KONSU National President, Mr. Solomon Nakouwu Nborkan expressed gratitude to all KONSU members from local branchs for their commitment towards the success of the congress and also thanked the community members for their support and active involvement in all the outreach activities. He added that despite numerous challenges, the national secretariat for 2015/2016, headquartered at the University of Ghana has been able to achieve a lot including :
1. Inauguration of council of elders to serve as an advisory body to the executive.
2. Secured a room in Kpasa to serve as a permanent KONSU national office.
3. Fundraised 500.00 US Dollars as seed fund for the establishment of the Konkomba students scholarship fund.
4. Identified and honoured 10 people who are driving change in their own small ways to help kikpakpaan.
5. Active involvement in the Konkomba language development process.
On his part, the guest speaker for the occasion, His Lordship Justice Batu admonished the people to avoid taking the law into their hands as that often breeds violence.
The member of parliament for Pru west Constituency Hon. Mohammed Masahudu also took the opportunity to commend the Union and urged it to continue the good work in other deprived Districts.