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27.06.2004 Regional News

Assembly spends 111.8 million cedis on KWATEC

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Ejisu (Ash), June 27, GNA-The Ejisu-Juaben district assembly has since the beginning of the year spent about 111.8 million cedis on infrastructure development at the Kwamo Community Development Technical Institute (KWATEC).

Mr Yaw Ahenkora Afrifa, the District Chief Executive, who announced this, said the assembly procured two air conditioners at the cost of 46 million cedis for the institute, installed 20 computers at the cost of 22.8 million cedis, provided building materials, uniforms and boots for the institute's cadet corp.

Mr Afrifa was speaking at the second graduation ceremony of the KWATEC at Kwamo near Ejisu on Saturday during which 100 students who passed out after three years training in carpentry and joinery, electrical and plumbing were presented with their certificates.

The DCE said the assembly was committed to paying five percent of the cost of the District Town Four Project of the Institute, which was to be funded by the government and KFW, a German financial institution for the construction of an Artisan Centre at the cost of four billion cedis.

He called on the graduands to put into practice what they had studied and not abandon their professions, adding, "you must demonstrate commitment by starting your own business".

Mr Issah Ayamba, the acting Director of the Department of Community Development, said in view of the nature of their training, vocational and technical students needed to seriously learn computer skills so as to enhance, not only their skills but their education as well.

He said the department was engaged in discussions with the National Youth Council (NYC), University of Ghana, Legon and UNICEF to improve upon the teaching methodologies of the community development institutes and also incorporate teaching subjects on HIV/AIDS into their curricula.

Alhaji Mohammed Bosomtwe Acquah, Principal of the institute, commended the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the district assembly for their continuous support and care for the school which had seen the students performing creditably in the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) certificate examinations.

The PTA of the school donated a 15-seater bus to the institute to convey the students to and from school to facilitate academic work at the function.

Mr Akrofi Dodoo, vice-chairman of the PTA, who presented the bus said the association was on the verge of building an assembly hall and recreational facilities at the cost of 100 million cedis for the institute.