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13.09.2004 Regional News

Apagyahene spends 250 million cedis to put up a clinic

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Apagya (Ash), Sept. 13, GNA - Nana Owusu Peprah, Apagyahene near Kodie in the Kwabre District, has completed the construction of a community clinic at Apagya at the cost of 250 million cedis to provide affordable health care to the residents.

He has also released 10 building plots valued at 100 million cedis to be sold and the proceeds used to finance an 850 million-cedi four-unit teachers living accommodation in the town.

Nana Owusu Peprah announced this at the 'Akwasidae' at Apagya on Sunday, which brought together residents and non-residents to plan the development programme of the area.

The occasion was also used to foster unity among the people and the settlement of disputes among individuals and clans. He said more than 4,000 cement blocks have been purchased for the construction of the teachers living accommodation.

Nana Owusu Peprah said the community is putting up a new palace at the cost of one billion cedis through revenue from stool lands and other royalties and more than 100 million cedis has so far been spent on the project.

The palace consists of four chambers, a large courtyard, 13 bedrooms, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Nana Antwi Boasiako, the Ankobeahene appealed to the government and the Kwabre District Assembly to urgently re-shape the four-kilometre road from Kodie through Apagya to Akrofuom, which is in a deplorable state.

He said the road has so deteriorated that many vehicles have stopped plying it and the farmers have to carry their head loads of foodstuffs on foot to Kodie before boarding vehicle to Kumasi to sell their produce.

Mr Kwasi Kyei, the unit committee chairman said the community has deposited five million cedis with the district assembly about two years ago for the provision of potable drinking water but nothing has been heard about it.

He said due to unclean drinking water from streams, water borne diseases are common in the area and called on the assembly to provide them with boreholes and hand-dug wells.