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Regional News of Saturday, 10 February 2018

Source: Paul Yankey

Jomoro MP cuts sod to build teachers quarters

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, Mr. Paul Essien has reaffirmed his commitment to the provision of good quality and affordable education delivery by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led administration.

Mr. Essien who is also a Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs noted that education continues to remain a vital tool to personal and national development especially with the depletion of the land through oil, gas and mining explorations.

To this end the MP pronounced that "my term will witness an unprecedented and massive infrastructural and human resource development in the arena of education".

Mr. Essien, who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, made this known during a ground-breaking ceremony at Mangyea and Bonyere near Half-Assini to kick start the construction of seven quarters for Circuit Supervisors in the Jomoro Constituency.

According to the MP,four(4) of the quarters which is a-three-bedroom and a hall plus kitchen,toilet and a bath self-contained, is to be built by the end of 2018 at Mangyea, Bonyere,Twenene and New Nzulezo with the additional three (3) to be cited and built next year under the MP Education Project Fund.

The MP was accompanied by the District Director of Education for Jomoro, Mr. Peter Blay Ackah, the District Chief Executive for Jomoro, Mr. Ernest Kofie and an Assistant Director of Education in charge of Supervision, Madam Agnes Arthur.

Mr. Essien noted that supervision and monitoring was at the heart of good quality education delivery hence it was imperative to accommodate each Circuit Supervisor in his circuit to deal with the problem of operating from far away their circuits.

He charged the Circuit Supervisors to discharge their oversight responsibilities with diligence for the schools to produce better results in academics and extra-curricula activities to change the fortunes of the District.

As part of the MP"s avowed commitment towards the pursuit of education, he has organized free classes for 437 remedial students and quiz competitions on FM stations for the Junior High Schools.

Mr. Essien said computer laboratories would be set up in the schools which emerge first to fourth and an additional computer laptop would be given to each school child who excels in the six month competition.

The MP announced that nine (9) schools in the District would benefit from the School Feeding Program this year.

He advised parents to monitor their children to stay away from the Kunkum Bagyea romantic program and tune in to the FM stations during the quiz competition.

The MP said it is the intention of the NPP government to to offer prudent economic policies that is why the free Senior High School policy had started with free exercise and textbooks, footwear, free meals which has indirectly put monies in the pockets of Ghanaians.

He promised to refurbish the Half-Assini Senior High School Girl's dormitory and asked the people to initiate Self-Help developmental projects for government to assist them.

The District Director of Education Mr. Blay Ackah said accommodation was a major problem facing Circuit Supervisors posted to the District.

He stressed the need for teachers to insulate themselves from politics and support government projects.

Mr. Blay Ackah appealed to Nzemas to pursue higher education before they could be absorbed in the oil and gas industry.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Jomoro, Mr. Ernest Kofie pledged the Assembly"s resolve to assist the MP"s project.

He said the Assembly had signed a contract to procure furniture for the schools and promised to assist the Bonyere community to upgrade its Kindergarten block.