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Tongo Communities Focus on Education

2006-06-23 16:37:51
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The Member of Parliament for the Tongo Constituency, Mr John Tia, in the Talensi-Nabdam District, advised the chiefs and people of the Tongo area to keep up their good communal spirit and initiate development projects that would benefit their communities.

"Your communal spirit is good and I urge you to continue to start projects that you need before asking for help, so that organizations that want to assist you would be encouraged by your interest and participation and give you what you need," he said.

Mr Tia, who is also the Minority Chief Whip in Parliament was speaking to the people of his constituency when he visited projects, mainly school buildings and Teachers’ Quarters initiated by the various communities and which he had assisted with parts of his share of the Common Fund.

He said good Education was the most valuable and lasting gift the people could give to their children that would also leave a legacy for the community. He noted that since the communities were far apart it would be more convenient for them to have their own schools and resident teachers to ensure regular school attendance and good teaching and learning.

At Sawelga, where the old school mud building had collapsed, Mr Tia said he had so far contributed ¢80 million towards the construction of the new building that the community started and is estimated at ¢300 million.

He also presented a cheque of ¢8.4 million to the Awaradone community that is putting up semi-detached teachers’ quarters with some financial support from a British NGO, "Link Community Development."

At Duusi near Tongo, Mr Tia inspected work on a 10-unit apartment for teachers, which was started in the early 1990s by World Vision but later abandoned. He said the building was estimated at ¢273 million, and that he had so far sunk ¢160 million of his share of the Common Fund into the project.

The MP later inspected a 1.2 km road linking Kpatia and Kpali communities, which he had helped to construct at a cost of ¢18 million.

He appealed to the Ghana Education Service (GES), Link Community Development and other NGOs interested in Education to help the communities complete the buildings they had started, so as to improve upon education in the area.

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