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24.10.2004 Regional News

Government constructs over 1,000 blocks of classrooms-Aidoo

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Takoradi, Oct. 24, GNA - Mr Joseph B. Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, at the weekend said the government had constructed 769 blocks of three-unit classrooms and 440 blocks of six-unit classrooms through out the country to enhance education.

He said the blocks were equipped with toilets, urinals, libraries, teacher's common rooms and stores.

Mr Aidoo was speaking at a forum organised for the Takoradi Polytechnic Chapter of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy (TESCON) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Takoradi.

He said the government had spent 27.2 billion cedis on the procurement of teaching and learning materials for basic and senior secondary schools.

Mr Aidoo said the government had created 350,856 jobs as at the end of June 2004 as a result of its direct intervention in the public sector He said the government had also undertaken cocoa spraying exercise, re-afforestation, provided micro-credit and built roads towards national development.

Mr. Aidoo said though inflation had been reduced from 41 per cent to 12 per cent, efforts had been made to reduced it further to a single digit and bank interest was expected to go down.

He said no country could develop without a solid infrastructure base, and urged Ghanaians to support the government to conclude the numerous development projects it started.

Madam Sophia Horner-Sam, deputy Western Regional Minister, advised the students to avoid unnecessary arguments saying "such arguments account for the intolerance and violence in several communities".

She urged the students to educate their parents on topical national issues and to campaign for free and fair elections in December. Mr Joe Baidoe-Ansah, Member of Parliament for Effia Kwesiminstim, assured the students that the government would consider their proposal for better placement of the Higher National Diploma on the job market.

The 10-member executive that was sworn into office for a one-year tenure, included Eric Bruce Amartey, President, Lena Adu Ofori, Vice President, Eunice Yeboah, Secretary and Edward Agyiri, organiser.

Others are Samuel Mensah Assistant Organiser, Bonsu Serwaa Akyimpim, Women Organiser, Apenkro Joyclyn Amakie, and Financial Secretary. The rest are Yaa Owusu-Banahene, Treasurer, Daniel K. Afrifa, Public Relations Officer and Samuel A. Bimpong, Assistant Public Relations Officer.

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