The Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, has inspected and inaugurated a number of development projects worth ¢10.77 billion in the Brong-Ahafo region to round off a two day visit.
The projects included a girls hostel for the Odomaseman Secondary school, a Health Centre at Fiapre and a science laboratory at Chiraa Secondary School.
He inspected the newly built Golden Jubilee Park, a social centre at Fiapre and cut the sod for the construction of an Assembly Hall Complex for the Sunyani Secondary School.
The Vice President also visited the Notre Dame Secondary School and paid a courtesy call on the Zongo Chief of Chiraa, Chief Kasum Adam.
Addressing the students at the various schools, Alhaji Mahama, said the government had placed the development of human resource on top of its priority list.
He said until individual citizens have developed their personal capabilities the country would not be able to attain its developmental goals.
He explained that human resource development can only be obtained through education and that is why government is placing so much emphasis on education.
To achieve this objective, he said the government launched the model school concept to upgrade facilities in at least one school in each district to acceptable standards to encourage community patronage.
At the Notre Dame Secondary School, the Vice President commended the students for their high sense of discipline.
He also lauded the founders of the school, the Catholic Church for their support for girls education.
"The government is appreciative of your effort; we see the Catholic Church as being very supportive," he said.
He donated 200 bags of cement to the school towards the construction of a girls dormitory.
At the Sunyani Secondary School, Alhaji Mahama cautioned the students against HIV/AIDS, saying "if you are loving; love with care."
The headmasters of each of the four schools he visited appealed to the Vice President for decent means of transport for their schools.
Alhaji Mahama said the government, aware that most second cycle schools do not have buses, has placed orders for a large fleet of buses to solve the problem.
He promised that each school would be provided with a bus soon.
Those who accompanied the Vice President on the tour included Ignatius Baffour Awuah, the Regional Minister, Kwadwo Adjei Darko, Minister of State at the Presidency and Nana Abraham Kwakye, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive.
Source: Ghanaian Times