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04.04.2004 Regional News

Community initiates 265 million cedis water project.

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Hiawu-Besease (Ash), April.4, GNA - Residents of Hiawu-Besease have initiated a 265 million cedi water project to provide the township and environs with potable water to eradicate bilharzia and other water-borne diseases prevalent in the area.

The project involves the laying of 880 PVC pipes from Sepase to the community, a distance of 5.3 kilometres.

Mr Dickson Aboagye-Afiriyie, the Unit Committee chairman announced this at Hiawu-Besease in the Atwima District at a durbar of chiefs and people of the area, which also coincided with the official joint inauguration of the local School Management Committee (SMC) and Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

The project, he said, was being financed through special levies, voluntary contributions and donations from citizens resident in Europe and other foreign countries. Mr Aboagye-Afiriyie said, the Atwima District Assembly has completed the construction of a KVIP latrine for the community at the cost of 90 million cedis.

In his SMC/PTA inaugural address, Mr Baffour Asare Bediako, Assistant Director of Education at Atwima district education directorate cautioned the SMCs and PTAs against indulging in chieftaincy disputes and partisan politics.

He urged them to be transparent and accountable to the community in order to win the confidence and trust of the people for the development of education in the area.

Prophet Stephen Nimako, the SMC chairman, on behalf of his colleagues pledged to offer dedicated services and also sacrifice to mobilise every available resources to improve quality teaching and learning in the area. Mr Moses Ampong, Chairman of the local PTA, who presided, observed that, effective and sustainable development of the area depends on the level of education of the citizenry and called on parents and guardians to send their children to school and also actively involve and support school-related activities.