Obuasi, July 14, GNA - The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr S.K. Boafo on Tuesday directed the yet to be inaugurated Obuasi Municipal Assembly to construct an additional school block at Brahabebome, in Obuasi to solve the congestion at the Independence Primary School. "It does not befit the status of the Municipality, if existing schools are over-populated with each class accommodating more than 60 pupils", he said.
Mr Boafo, who was addressing a mini-durbar organised in his honour as part of his day's working visit to the Municipal area also promised the community 100 bags of cement to support a drainage system project. The Regional Minister also used the visit to solve the controversy over a portion of land being used by the Assembly for the construction of a KVIP place of convenience for the people.
A section of the community protested to the Regional Minister that the place for the KVIP was a school land so the Minister directed that work should continue but asked the assembly to find money to convert the KVIP into water closet toilet to improve sanitation in the area. "The place is nearer to residential buildings and KVIP would not be suitable for them", he said.
The Regional Minister's directive brought jubilation to the majority of the residents, who faced difficulties with toilet facilities.
"Nobody has won in this matter but rather it is common sense that has won", Mr Boafo told the jubilant crowd.
Mr Joseph Boampong, Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive, announced that the Assembly would construct a new school block for the area next year.
The Assemblyman for Brahabebome, Mr F.A. Agyapong expressed appreciation to the Regional Minister and gave the assurance that he would mobilise the community to work on the drainage system.
Mr Michael Annim, a Member of the local Unit Committee, said the community would continue to support the Government in its development programmes.
The Regional Minister's visit took him to eight communities within the Obuasi Municipality including Sansu, Mamiriwa, Mampamhwe, Diawuoso, Ayease, Odumasi and Kwabenakwakrom.