The Ghana National Youth Council is organising women volunteers to help build a five-and-a-half mile (9 km) canal at an irrigation scheme at Dewhneya, 25 miles (45km) east of Accra.
GV Volunteer camp in irrigation area
SV Acheampong out of car and greeted by army man
SV PAN Acheampong and party inspect camp (2 shots)
SV & GV Ricefields
SCU & SV Acheampong looks at channel
GV Workers dig channel
SV Acheampong and party looking on
GV Workers dig channel
SV Students look on and cheer
SV Acheampong in channel shakes workers' hands
SV Other look on
SV Acheampong and other army med dig channel (3 shots)
SV PAN Acheampong leaving
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Background: The Ghana National Youth Council is organising women volunteers to help build a five-and-a-half mile (9 km) canal at an irrigation scheme at Dewhneya, 25 miles (45km) east of Accra.
The women will join about 300,000 students from 217 private schools in Ghana and members of Ghana's armed forces already working on the 700,00 Cedi (about SGM 233,000 STG) canal, which is the forerunner of a gigantic irrigation scheme to be carried out later in the Accra Plains.
On Friday (13 July) Ghana's Head of state, Col. Ignatius Acheampong, visited the volunteer camp, the existing dam, one of the area's ricefields, and finally joined a team of volunteers digging the big channel. He appealed to all organisations, individuals and commercial firms to help make the project a success.
SYNOPSIS: At the big volunteer camp near the Accra Plains in Ghana on Friday, Head of State Ignatius Acheampong was greeted by Army officials when he arrived to inspect the site of the Dawhenya Irrigation scheme. The camp was built to house thousands of volunteers who'll help to construct the channel.
Three-hundred-thousand students have joined the Armed forces workers already busy on the five-and-a-half mile canal, and they'll soon by joined by women volunteers from the Ghana National Youth Council.
Colonel Acheampong was shown the existing dam, some of the ricefields, and then, then he watched the volunteer force at work in the new canal, which is a forerunner of a giant irrigation scheme for the Accra Plains.
Then the Mead of State rolled up his sleeves and joined the team of workers in the canal with his own shovel.
Before he left, Colonel Acheampong asked everyone to help make the project successful.