Accra, Aug 31, GNA - Mr. Ambrose Dery, Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, at the weekend gave a cheque for 8,030 Ghana Cedis from his share of the Members of Parliament (MPs) Common Fund to 22 students of the Jirapa Nursing School.
The amount was to enable the students mostly from the Lawra/Nandom constituency, to pay their school fees and to settle other financial commitments in their schools.
Mr. Dery who spoke in an interview with the GNA in Accra on Monday, said he had also lined up other activities to support women's groups and small-scale farming in the constituency, and urged various groups to team up in order to attract support.
"It is unfortunate that we have a lot of brilliant children who cannot make it to the highest level in education. As an MP it forms part of my responsibility to support the brilliant but needy children to achieve their aims, and that is exactly why I am doing so".
He said he had set up a taskforce to identify areas of support in his constituency, adding "although we cannot solve all the problems at once we can solve some, whilst others can also be tackled later."
In a related development, the beneficiary students have commended the MP for supporting them to pay their school fees and for visiting them in the school to see how they were faring.
A letter of appreciation signed by Mr. Juvenal Muokuu, Leader of the students, stated "We are grateful to God for giving us a Member of Parliament who is very sensitive to the plight of students and, more importantly, we are much overwhelmed with joy for your financial support".
"Your good works and leadership skills are therefore a clear manifestation of a Member of Parliament who is development-oriented, and a leader who is out to champion the development agenda of his people", the letter concluded.