THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has inaugurated a GH¢41,000 four-bedroom teachers’ accommodation at Kojoaddaikrom, a farming community in the Asunafo North municipality.
The facility, which is to help accommodate teachers posted to the deprived community without electricity and other social amenties, was financed by the Community-based Rural Development Programme (CBRDP) in collaboration with the Asunafo North Municipal Assembly.
The inauguration coincided with the distribution of 2,513,000 exercise books and 77 school uniforms under the government’s free exercise books and uniform policy to the eight remaining basic schools in the Bediakobidre Circuit, bringing the total number of exercise books distributed to pupils in the circuit to 8,577,000.
The eight beneficiary schools are Abebresekrom Local Authority Primary, Nyankomawo Primary, Adenkyekye Roman Catholic Primary, Kojoaddaikrom Primary, Alhajikrom Primary, Kojoaddaikrom Junior High, Abebresekrom JHS and Adenkyekye JHS.
It also formed part of the regional minister’s two-day working visit to the Asunafo North Municipality and Asunafo South District to inspect some development projects notably in the education and health sectors.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said it was the policy of the government to continue to provide and expand infrastructure in basic and senior high schools (SHS) nationwide to eradicate schools under trees by the end of its four-year term.
He added that the government’s intervention in the educational sector such as the free school uniforms and exercise books, incentive package for teachers who accepted postings to deprived communities, as well as the provision of infrastructures, were aimed at enhancing quality teaching and learning in the country.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo therefore urged teachers to reciprocate the gesture of the government to improve their conditions of service and to put in their best.
He also appealed to parents not to shirk their responsibilities towards the education of their children and urged the pupils to study hard in order to justify the investment made in them by their parents.
Earlier, the Regional Minister also visited the Ahafoman Senior High Technical School (SHS) where he interacted with the students, and teaching and non-teaching staff to know at first-hand the problems the school was facing.
He gave an assurance that the government would provide additional infrastructure to ease the classroom congestion while the municipal assembly would repair the school’s water system that had broken down and the bad road leading to the school.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo also visited the Asunafo North Municipal Government Hospital at Goaso, the capital of the municipality, where he also interacted with the health workers.
He urged the health workers to help improve the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and also gave an assurance that the government would make good its promise of a one-time premium before the end of its four-year term.
The Asunafo North Municipal Health Director , Dr Kofi Asemani-Mensah, appealed to the minister to help improve on the lighting system at the various wards of the hospital.
At the Goaso Omanhene’s Palace, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo gave the assurance that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) was working around the clock to ensure that the Goaso Midwifery Training School was started by September, this year.
Nana Baffour Akwasi Bosomprah II, appealed for a facelift of the Goaso township.
The minister also visited the Mim Senior High School where he inspected a seven classroom block being built and sponsored by the school’s Parent -Teacher Association (PTA) at a cost of GH¢35,000.