First lady Dr Lordina Mahama has stressed the need for promotion of the welfare of people living on the borders of Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire. According to her political leaders are working very hard to promote regional integration, but the process can be accelerated by the two countries continuing to trade with one another across their borders and even inter-marry amongst each other.
The First Lady, made the call when she addressed the students of College Modern de Cocody during their 50th Anniversary Celebration in Abidjan.
Mrs. Mahama noted that Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are historically, economically and culturally linked together but it is the boundaries imposed by their colonial experience that divided Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire into different countries with different official languages.
“I am an Akan from the BrongAhafo Region of Ghana. This is a region that shares borders with your country Cote d’Ivoire.People in my region are similar to our brothers and sisters in Cote d’Ivoire on the other side of the border, because we speak the same language, eat the same foods, and share the same culture” she stated.
The First Lady believes that there cannot be “paradise” on one side of the border and poverty on the other side hence bringing Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire together will be a win-win for the two countries.
Mrs. Mahama used the occasion to thank the First Lady of Cote D’Ivoire Mrs. Dominique Ouattara for taking part in the African First Ladies, for the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Accra. Where two key campaigns, the ‘Continental All-In’ and the ‘Ending Child Marriage campaigns were launched at the Conference.
These two interventions,the First Lady noted, are very important because the
success of these campaigns would mark a significant advancement in empowerment of the youth and give them greater control of their own reproductive health.
Dr Lordina commended her colleague Mrs.Quattara for the great work she is doing for the empowerment of women and upholdingthe rights of children, the poor and vulnerable in Cote D’Ivoire and encouraged her to continue with the very good work.
Mrs. Mahama believes that fifty years in the life of an institution is an important landmark, and deserves to be celebrated. She however urged the students to take their studies seriously as they celebrate the 5oth Anniversary of their school.
“We now live in a global world where knowledge is wealth. Take the opportunity whilst still in school to come out with high grades so you can mature to be good citizens and lead a successful life” the First Lady stated.
Education and wellbeing of every child, Mrs. Mahama stressed, is paramount to her. This is manifested in the work of her organization, the Lordina Foundation. According to her, thefoundation facilitates the grant of scholarships to brilliant but poor students to study both at home and abroad as well as facilitate improvement of school infrastructure in deprived communities.
Dr Lordina Mahama challenged the students let each year of learning be a step as they climb up the ladder of success in their lives.
The two First Ladies, Dr Lordina Mahama and Mrs. Dominique Quattara jointly donated some items to the Cocody High School. The items were Desktop computers, Office desks and chairs, Text books, Plastic chairs and buckets, Television set and Deep freezers. Others were Footballs, basketballs and jerseys; boxes of chocolim drink,assorted drinks, boxes of Ghana produced chocolate, silver saucers, pans and plates, airconditioners, and boxes of rulers.