Government to build Science and Technology Park at Apirede
Apirede-Akuapem, Jan. 4, GNA - The government is to build a Science and Technology Park at Apirede to help in the development of Information, Communication and Technology(ICT) and to create jobs for the youth.
As a result the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology had initiated action to acquire land for the project to start.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, said this at a durbar to climax the Odwira Festival of the chiefs and people of Apirede and the 15th anniversary of the installation of Nana Saforo Okoampah III as the chief of Apirede.
He said the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council had planned to develop facilities at Akaa and Akyeremanteng waterfalls to develop the tourism industry under a public/private sector development programme to help create employment in the area and to generate revenue for the Akuapem North District Assembly.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said the government was funding the acquisition of two water pumps, one to be installed at Kpong Water Works and the other at Adukrom water head works to improve the supply of water to the Akuapem area.
He said he would support efforts to get the Apirede to Trom junction road tarred to help improve road transportation in the area.
The Member of Parliament for Okere, Mr Dan Botwe, appealed to citizens of Apirede to contribute to the implementation of the five-year development plan of the town the traditional authorities had initiated.
He said he would do his part as the MP for the area to see to the realization of the plan and that he would use part of his Common Fund to help complete the town's community clinic.
Mr Botwe expressed concern about the falling standard of education in the area and said as part of his contribution to ensure that no school in the constituency gets zero per cent at this year's Basic Education Certificate Examination, he is funding a one-week residential extra classes for all third year pupils in schools that are likely to score zero per cent to try and instil some confidence in the pupils.
The Akuapem North District Chief Executive, Mr George Opare Addo, expressed concern about opposition mounted against the initiation of almost all development projects in Apirede and urged those behind it to stop to ensure the development of the town.
Nana Okoampah enumerated achievements that had been made by the town within the last 15 years including the settlement of a 50-year-old chieftaincy dispute in the town and the establishment of an education fund to support brilliant but needy students.
He said the town wanted to sustain the achievement so far made and to improve on it and as a result of which it had come out with a five-year development plan that would end in 2014.
Nana Okoampah said under the plan, for the next five years, the town would improve education, infrastructure development, ensure efficient water and sanitation, create employment opportunities for the youth and develop the tourism potential in the area.