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¢3bn For 36 Disaster Hit Schools in Tamale

2007-06-07 22:28:27
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Mustapha Idris Ali
THE NORTHERN Regional Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ali Idris has disclosed that the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) Board had approved three billion cedis for the rehabilitation of all the 36 public and private schools that were hit by the recent Tamale rainstorm disaster on April 21, 2007.
According to the Minister, though the 36 affected schools required a total of five billion cedis to fully and comfortably mend the damages, three billion cedis support from GETfund was significant.

He was hopeful that the rest of the funds would be released soon.

The Minister who doubles as the Chairman of the GETfund was responding to calls by the President of the Northern Region House of Chiefs, Nayiri Na Bohugu Mahami Abdulai Sheriga at the General Meeting of the House in Tamale, on government to expedite action on the renovation of the educational institutions that were affected by the storm to ensure effective teaching and learning.

Nayiri Na, also the Paramount Chief of the Mamprusi Traditional Area and a Member of the Otumfuo Mediating Committee of Eminent Chiefs in the Dagbon Chieftaincy Crisis, commended President Kufuor, the Vice President Aliu Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Prof Evans Atta Mills, Members of parliament and other sympathizers for their swift response to bring relief to the victims.

He therefore cautioned the Committee entrusted to distribute the relief items, to be fair in the discharge of their duties to all the affected persons without any discrimination whatsoever on political or chieftaincy lines.

The Northern Regional Minister pledged government’s continued support for the victims and called on other individuals, NGOs and development partners to support the Tamale Emergency Relief Fund established by the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly under the Chairmanship of Mohammed Adam Amin-Anta.

Meanwhile President Kufuor, after sending one billion cedis worth of relief items through a Ministerial delegation and his Vice President, personally visited Tamale to console with the disaster victims.

The heavy storm displaced over 6900 residents in and around the Tamale Metro. 36 public and private schools including Bagabaga Teacher Training College (BATCO), 46 government bungalows including Regional police barracks, 400 homes, over 100 street lights, road signs and four high tension poles were completely or partly damaged and require 40 billion cedis for repair and replacement.

The Minister appealed to all God fearing Ghanaians and non residents within and outside Ghana to donate to the Tamale Emergency Relief Fund through the account number: Tamale Emergency Relief Fund, Standard Chartered Bank Tamale Branch, A/c 0100170917800, or through Peace Fm, Joy Fm and any of the GTV/GBC radio stations across Ghana.

source: Chronicle

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