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29.04.2005 General News

Opinion leaders asked to stop influencing school heads

By GNA

Saboba/Chereponi, (N/R), April 29, GNA- Mr Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Northern Regional Minister, has appealed to chiefs and other community opinion leaders to desist from influencing heads of educational institutions to admit unqualified students. He said the practice was one of the factors contributing to the falling standards of education in the country and asked the opinion leaders to rather encourage their children to improve on their grades for future admission.

Mr Adam said this at a Peoples Assembly at Saboba in the Saboba/Chereponi District. He said it was the policy of government to encourage local contractors to go into partnership with their foreign counterparts to build upon their capacity. The Deputy Minister said, government intended to make the country the leading agro-industrial country in the West African sub-region by 2010 and it was in view of this that the Presidents Special Initiatives on cassava, soya bean and other crops were being promoted. Mr Azumah Sanda, acting District Chief Executive said last year the assembly received 6.3 million cedis as its share of the District Assemblies Common fund.

He said the Assemblies internally generated revenue was 208.1 million cedis as against the targeted revenue of 351.7 million cedis. Mr Sanda said some of the problems hampering revenue generation in the District were the poor nature of roads, undeveloped markets and the lukewarm attitude of the people in paying tax. He said in the year under review the Assembly spent about 5.9 million cedis to undertake development projects and programmes in education, health, environment/water and sanitation, local government, agriculture, private sector development and sports promotion. On the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr Sanda, said 2003 government gave the assembly 100 million cedis to facilitate the implementation of the scheme.

The assembly also spent 60.7 million cedis to build an office block for the scheme and 100 million cedis on public education and registration of people. Mr Sanda said 7,172 subscribers had been registered in the Saboba sub-District and 358 people in the Chereponi sub-district while under the DANIDA-Health Sector support 5,000 people have been registered. He appealed to central government to upgrade the local E.P. Secondary School and the Saboba Medical Centre. During the open forum the people among other things complained about poor television reception, road network and lack of accommodation facilities in the District.

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