Toh Kpalime is a small town in the South Dayi District in the Volta Region, but very close to Anum and Bosso towns in the Eastern Region. Like most towns in the locality, roads leading to the Toh Kpalime are in terrible state, coupled with massive potholes, thus posing a real danger to motorists.
Surrounded by tall trees which is predominantly the flame of the forest, Toh Kpalime is very peaceful and sparsely populated. The town has no sitting chief currently, but it is run by a regency peacefully.
Toh Kpalime however is confronted by a number of challenges, including the lack of social amenities, while existing ones are in deplorable state, making development in the town seem impossible.
The town’s only primary school, Toh Kpalime D/A School also has various challenges which affects teaching and learning. Some of the Teachers we spoke to, explained that inadequate teaching resources is a huge challenge which makes it impossible to achieve quality education. The school’s lavatory is also in a deplorable state and poses health and safety threats.
Yet another challenge of the town is, access to portable water. The impact of this is great for members of the community and greater for pupils of Toh Kpalime D/A School, who wake up and go water hunting before school and therefore arrive at school late and tired.
It is in an attempt to address some of these problems that the Toh Kpalime Development Association (TODA) was instituted, and this Easter, put together several activities to unite indigenes to promote development in the town, in a program dubbed, TODA FEST 2019.
The four-day event started on Good Friday with a career counselling and guidance for JHS students and an Easter party for all pupils of the Toh Kpalime D/A School amidst music and dancing.
It continued on Holy Saturday with a health walk and screening exercise for members of the community and was crowned with a durbar of elders, some politicians and members of the community.
The Chairman for the Durbar, Mr. Desmond Okai, welcomed everyone and underlined the objective of TODA FEST 2019.
The Internal Auditor of TODA, Mr. Bernard Tegyih, called on the youth in the town and diaspora to join the Association and contribute their quota towards development of the town.
The former Assemblyman for Toh-Kpalime, Nii Debrah Boateng, lauded the youth of the town for creating TODA and underscored some of the challenges the town is faced with.
The current Assemblyman of Toh Kpalime, Hon. Jerry Christian Owusu, was excited about the revival of the Development Association. He however expressed some concerns and called on the Member of Parliament of the area to support them address the water problem which is affecting every aspect of their lives negatively.
The program was graced by the Member of Parliament for the South Dayi Constituency, Hon. Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor who emphasized that plans are underway to solve the water problem permanently. He also urged members of the community and decision makers to call on him whenever there is a problem, as he is ever ready to help in any way possible.
In the evening, Toh Kpalime was lit with excitement and its street crowded with youth even from adjoining towns who came to watch a renowned Hip life artist Kwaw Kese perform alongside other artists like Galaxy and Okukodam. Some local youth groups and artists from Toh Kpalime and its surrounding towns also entertained the crowd with various performances.
A football match planned for the Sunday was however cancelled. This notwithstanding, the euphoria was high in wait of the Easter Monday Kenkey Festival and rendering of accounts of monies raised for the community by TODA Executives.
The gathering at the Kenkey Party on Easter Monday created a platform for community members to share their opinions and suggestions on issues pertaining to the development of Toh Kpalime town.
Various out door games, music and dance ended TODA FEST 2019 with a huge expectation of how the next event will turn out in 2020.