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Regional News of Wednesday, 5 November 2003

Source: GNA

Citizens provide desks for Adafienu schools

Adafienu, Nov 5, GNA - Nubueke Union, a social club of Adafienu citizens resident in Accra, on Tuesday presented 25 dual desks worth four million cedis to the Amalgamated Basic Schools at Adafienu, near Denu.

Mr Faustinus Gemegah, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police and Chairman of the Union, presented the desks and said the government alone could not adequately promote effective teaching and learning in view of the enormous problems facing the education sector.

He said it was important that all communities came to the aid of their schools to push them forward for academic excellence.

Mr Gemegah said the union had a plan to construct a social centre to include computer and recreational centres, a library, lodging and a rural bank but expressed regret that the plan was being delayed due to the unwillingness of land owners to release it for work to start. He said the landowners would benefit in terms of royalties as well as employment for the youth in the area.

Mr Gemegah asked elders in the town whose children are resident in Accra to prevail upon them to join the union so that they could all mobilise resources for development projects at home.

Miss Frieda Dzoboku, Ketu District Director of Education, received the desks on behalf of the schools and appealed to the Adafienu community to eschew apathy and lend support to the running of the school.

She said other citizens of the area should emulate the Union by helping to provide a toilet and kindergarten block for the school.

She thanked citizens who contributed to sink a well, provide a water tank, a water-pumping machine and wired the school building.

Ahanta Assembly donates television and dustbins to schools

Sekondi, Nov. 5, GNA - The Shama Ahanta East Metropolitan Assembly (SAEMA) on Tuesday presented television sets and dustbins valued at 42.5 million cedis to 20 schools in the metropolis.

Mr Philip Nkrumah, Metropolitan Chief Executive who presented the items, said they were meant to encourage schools to participate in the distance education programme introduced by the government and also to ensure environmental sanitation.

He said though education and sanitation featured prominently on the assembly's annual budget the impact was not being felt and called on all stakeholders to revise their strategies.

Mr Nkrumah said the dustbins would instil in the pupils the need to be environmentally conscious and avoid the littering of public places. Mr. Edwin Philips, Presiding Member of the assembly, said the items were SAEMA's prize for being the neatest city in Ghana.

He appealed to the assembly members to step up their environmental sanitation programmes in their respective communities to enable the assembly to win more prizes.