Regional News of Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Source: Graphic Online
A lorry park and a classroom block have been inaugurated by the Jasikan District Assembly.
The two projects cost GH¢681,992.71. The lorry park is a 500-capacity costing GH¢487,992.39 and funded with the District Development Facility (DDF) whereas the six-unit classroom block for the JASICO Demonstration Primary School cost GH¢194,901.32.
Inaugurating the projects at separate ceremonies, the Volta Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, said the government valued the provision of rural infrastructure and would ensure that critical needs of the people would be provided without fail.
He said an update of the state of the road network in the region had been documented to warrant a systematic approach to address them, especially the most deplorable ones.
The regional minister reiterated that it was a challenge for district assemblies to generate more revenue for their development and that the construction of the lorry park would provide direct and indirect employment to the teeming youth in the district.
Mr Afotey Agbo charged the district assembly to appoint competent resource personnel to manage and collect tolls effectively at the lorry park for a multiplier effect on the development of other relevant sectors.
Concerning education, he said it was a critical sector that served as a vehicle for progress in human lives and must be accorded the urgency it required.
The Jasikan District Chief Executive, Mr Kwame Abrampah, said the assembly was positioned to take advantage of opportunities associated with the construction of the proposed Eastern corridor road and urged citizens to invest in the area.
Mr Abrampah expressed regret that the 2013 results of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) was appalling and expressed the hope that the new classroom block would serve as a facility that would motivate teaching and learning for better results.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Buem Constituency, Mr Daniel Asiamah, stressed the need for the people to utilise the lorry park as a platform to generate more revenue for the financing of similar projects throughout the district.
The chairman of the ceremony was the Chief of Jasikan and Adontehene of Buem traditional area, Nana Bugru Kwame Brantuo VI, who advised that drivers’ unions should avoid rivalry in the management and running of the lorry park adding that disputes should be settled amicably within their ranks and that discipline should be the hallmark of their operations.
The new Jasikan lorry park was funded with a District Development Facility at a cost of GHc487,091.39 and can accommodate 500 vehicles at a time. It has a concrete pavement, drains, waiting shed, urinals and toll booth and electrical connection.