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10.05.2004 Regional News

New Ampabame advised against acts that will hamper road construction

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New Ampabame (Ash), May 9, GNA -Inhabitants of New Ampabame in the Ejisu-Juaben district have been advised against doing anything that could hamper or obstruct constructional works on the Konongo-Kumasi highway currently being executed by the government.

Mr Dwomo Sarpong, Presiding Member of the Ejisu-Juaben District Assembly, who gave the advice, said if the inhabitants have any grievances about the road project, they should use the right channel to have them addressed and not resort to any unhealthy acts.

Mr Sarpong was responding to concerns raised by some of the inhabitants whose crops and lands were destroyed as a result of the construction of the road that valuation and compensation of such property of theirs had not yet been effected.

The concerns were raised at an open forum organised by the Ejisu-Juaben district secretariat of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at New Ampabame as part of the district's constitution week celebration.

It was under the theme: "Tolerance Through Integration".

Mr Sarpong assured those whose crops and lands were affected that government was making strenuous efforts to have all such property genuinely valued and effect payment of requisite compensation. He said they should therefore exercise restraint, be patient and "have faith in the government since it is a people-centred government".

Mr Johnson Opoku, the District Director of the NCCE, said Ghanaians should not wait only to resist subversion of the constitution through civil disobedience but rather begin to develop safeguards that will protect the constitution from ever being overthrown.

This, he said, they could do by resolving to critically study the constitution and putting its tenets into full practice at all levels. Mr Opoku said it is the conviction of the NCCE that it is only when people understood the principles of the constitution and live by them that they could be in a position to protect and defend it. He said it was for this reason that the NCCE was pursuing a programme under which civic education clubs were being formed in schools and communities in the district.

He said already 10 of such clubs have been formed in junior and senior secondary schools in the district.

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