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Regional News of Sunday, 14 October 2007

Source: GNA

MP commended for social service to community

Accra, Oct 14, GNA - Some opinion and community leaders the Odododiodoo Constituency have commended the Member of Parliament, Mr Jonathan Nii Tackie-Komme, for his commitment to the provision of educational infrastructure in his two years in office. He was commended when took them round to inspect development projects he initiated in the area on Friday.

Mr Tackie-Komme used the occasion to distribute 180 furniture estimated at about 50 million cedis or about 50 thousand Ghana Cedis, jerseys and footballs to schools in the area.

The MP also visited about 32 mosques in the area to wish Moslems a happy Eid-Ul-Fitre celebration and donated 50 bags of rice and cooking to support them in the festivities to mark the end of Holy Ramadan. The schools, which benefited included the Holy Trinity Cathedral Secondary School, Bishop's Mixed JSS, Richard Akwei Memorial School, St Mary's Anglican, Derby Avenue and Private Odartey Lamptey, Bishop's Girls, Independence Avenue and the Ayalolo Cluster of schools. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in company of the opinion and community leaders on the inspection, Nii Tackie-Komme, said the provision and improvement of educational infrastructure had been his focus during his two-year period as MP.

He said it was his belief that the provision of such social services apart from improving the lives of the people was a long-term investment in human resource development, which benefited a broad section of the people.

Nii Tackie-Komme said he had established a computer laboratory equipped with 21 computers with accessories at a cost of 100 million cedis or 100 thousand Ghana Cedis from his share of the GETFund at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Secondary School, which was supplied with 25 desks and sporting items.

The MP who is also the Chairman of the School's Board promised to ensure the installation of air-conditioners at the lab to enable the computers to operate well and to have a long life span. At the Bishop's Girls School, which was supplied with 20 desks and sporting items, work was being done on a 35 Million cedis or 35 thousand Ghana Cedis project he had initiated for paving the compound. The Head-teacher, Mrs Gloria Bonsu, thanked the MP for his assistance to the school including the repair of the roof ceiling and expressed the hope that he would always support the institution whenever they called on him.

At the Independence Avenue Cluster of Schools, which had 20 desks and sporting items, the staff commended Nii Tackie-Komme also for repairing the roof and ceiling, extending electricity and providing ceiling fans for some classrooms.

Madam Shika Disu, Head-Teacher of the Richard Akwei Memorial School, the Chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Mr Samuel Armah and the School Management Committee (SMC) Chairman, Mr Nii Okai, thanked the MP for donating 50 million cedis to support the construction of three classrooms with some NGOs for the Shift B of the School.

The Head-Teacher told Mr Tackie-Komme and his entourage that the project had not been completed and expressed the hope that the MP would not hesitate to source further support whenever the need arose. At the Ayalolo Cluster of Schools, Ms Noelle Yaa Boateng, an Assistant Head-Teacher, took the MP and the opinion and community leaders round a kitchen and a canteen for the pupils.

Mr Nii Okai Botwe, Head Teacher, said the second phase of the project Nii Tackie-Komme had contributed 59 million cedis from his GETFund was completed, the facility would also be used by the students and pupils for their practical work in cooking.

Nii Tackie-Komme and his entourage also visited the Sempe Primary School formerly Old Government Junior Boys School established in 1886. They were conducted round an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Centre the MP had established at the School with 15 computers.

The staff expressed their gratefulness to the MP for his gesture and prayed that he would be returned in the next elections to continue his "good work".

They, however, appealed to him for assistance to provide burglarproof windows and doors to secure the equipment. Nii Tackie-Komme also visited the Ussher Polyclinic where the MP donated an electric generating set to offset the effects of power outages.

During his interaction with some of the patients they complained about the closing time of Medical Officers at the Polyclinic. They expressed concern about the situation patients where rushed for medical attention during emergencies only to find no Doctor at post after one o'clock in the afternoon.

Nii Tackie-Komme promised to take up the matter with the Metropolitan Director of Medical Services for a solution. At the Old Fadama Police Post, which was formerly a private residence donated to the Service the MP and his entourage saw a septic tank Mr Tackie-Komme rehabilitated and enlarged to contain the extensive use of the toilet facility to ensure sanitation.

The MP and the opinion and community leaders also inspected the James Town District Police Headquarters where Mr Tackie-Komme had changed all the old wooden windows and replaced them with louver blades and a charge office he provided for Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU). The service personnel commended the MP for the facilities and the painting of the station but requested for the provision of female cells. The St Mary's Anglican School, Derby Avenue and the Private Odartey-Lamptey School also had 20 desks, jerseys and footballs each while some private schools in the area had jerseys and footballs. 14 Oct 07