From Isaac Akwetey-okunor, Koforidua
Two Assembly members – Michael Boadi Sarpong and Daniel Ahialey of Old Estate and Railways Electoral Areas respectively in the New Juaben Municipality have distributed educational materials to 300 school children within their Electoral Areas.
The materials include over 2000 exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers among others.
It was in fulfillment of promise made to the electorate during the 2011 district Assembly elections and also to drum home on the need for parents to consider education for their wards as a top priority.
Speaking to The Chronicle in a separate interview, Ahialey said the presentation would not be a nine day wonder but rather an annual programme where school going children within the electoral area would receive some educational material every academic year as long as he remains the Assembly man of the area.
According to him, he was motivated to consider given priority to education because it is the wheel that would accelerate socio-economic development of the country.
The Railways Electoral Area Assemblyman reiterated that he has observed with great pains since becoming the Assemblyman for the area that most parents in most cases found it difficult to provide some basic educational materials to their wards.
This phenomenon, he stressed, has negatively affected the education of many children in the area leading to school drop-out, teenage pregnancy among others.
On his part, Hon. Michael Boadi Sarpong, the Assembly member for Old Estate East Electoral Area and aspiring Presiding Member (PM) for the Assembly said, children in his electoral area were dear to his heart.
According to him, the relatively bad economic situation of most people in society was as a result of bad beginning and lack of proper guidance. He has, therefore, promised to offer social and economic support to the children, in order to have a better future.
That notwithstanding, he urged parents and teachers in the area to keep an eagle eye on the children and contribute their widow's mite towards making them responsible ones in the near future.
The aspiring PM has further promised to register and renew the NHIS for over 314 children in his electoral area, purchase bicycles for hardworking students to use in attending school and fixe over thirty street bulbs.