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04.04.2004 Regional News

MDCC to construct a 2.2 billion cedi school block

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Tema, April 4, GNA - The Tema Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Evans Ashong Narh, on Sunday cut the sod to mark the commencement of work on a 2.2 billion cedi school project for the Tema Central Branch of the Mosama Disco Christo Church.

The three-storey Primary and Junior Secondary School (JSS) block also has an office, staff room and computer laboratory. In a short address, Mr Ashong-Narh commended the Church for the initiative, which he said, would not only equip the children to become knowledgeable but also help with the socio-economic development of the municipality.

He gave the assurance that the Municipal Assembly would not relent on its efforts in facilitating a congenial environment towards the effective teaching and learning.

He said apart from constructing new classroom blocks and rehabilitating some of the existing ones, the Assembly would also spend 100 million cedis in the procurement of furniture for some of the deprived schools. In all, the Assembly has projected to undertake 17 major educational projects throughout the municipality this year.

Mr Ashong-Narh advised the people to continue to protect themselves against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which he said, was spreading fast, despite the campaign to fight it.

He called on the churches and other religious organisations to heighten the campaign by exhorting their members, especially the youth, to lead morally upright lives.

The Member of Parliament for Tema West, Mr Abraham Ossei Aidoo, noted with concern that though a lot has been done by the Government to develop education, people still study under trees and without classroom furniture. There are also about 178,000 JSS leavers who do not get admission to any Secondary school nor get a vocation, he said.

Mr Aidoo stressed the need for churches to join hands with the state to explore better and alternative livelihood for street children. He promised to support the school project with 200 bags of cement from his share of the MP's Common Fund while Mr Ashong-Narh also pledged two million cedis from the Assembly.

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