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27.03.2005 Regional News

Lack of facilities preventing workers from assuming post-DCE

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Asankrangwa (W/R), March 27, GNA - Mr Samuel Alberto-Takyi, District Chief Executive for the Amenfi West District said the poor road network; lack of access to electricity, water, telephone and other amenities had prevented a lot of people from accepting posting to the district. He said these not withstanding, a few others have willing accepted their postings, and are at post and working for the good of the district.

Mr Alberto-Takyi said these at the second Wasa Amenfi Students Union (WASU) at Asankrangwa on Saturday. It was on the theme "Promoting Education in Wasa Amenfi: The Role of the Tertiary Student".

He said several people, whom the assembly had supported have also refused to accept postings to the district after their education. Mr Alberto-Takyi said the assembly had increased its allowance to students from "Wasa" in tertiary institutions from 300,000 cedis to 500,000 cedis. The assembly would spend a total of 90 million cedis on 180 students with Wasa origins.

The DCE said a large number of people assisted by the assembly in their primary educational career either failed to move on academically or totally stopped their education.

He said inferiority complex among "Wasas" was a source of worry for the assembly and the district as a whole.

"Many people hide their "Wasa" identity and assume new tribal identities and do not even want to be associated with activities concerning people of "Wasa" he stressed.

He said members of the "Wasa" citizens living in London had donated 29 computers to the assembly for distribution to schools.

Mr Alberto-Takyi said a large number of the youth are currently involved in drug abuse, crime and other anti-social activities. He therefore, charged members of WASU to serve as role models for their fellow youths; provide free classes for their younger ones and assist children in the area to excel in their education.

Mr Tony Bimpong, president of WASU said the union, which was established in 2003 with 350 members, now has 528 members. He said the union would soon establish its computer-training centre at Asankrangwa, Manso Amenfi and Wasa Akropong.

He appealed to the DCE, chiefs and other opinion leaders to assist in solving the chieftaincy dispute in Asankrangwa, once and for all to enable more development projects to take place there.

Mr Bimpong urged parents to send their children to school, provide them with educational materials and assist them to further their education. Kasapreko Kwame Basanyin III, Omanhene of Wasa Akropong called on the students to re-assess their vision, focus on important areas and find means of solving them.

He said the effects of the HIV/AIDS on the lives of the students of Wasa would be devastating and urged them to include it in their deliberations.

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