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23.10.2005 Regional News

MP presents building materials to communities

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Kintampo (B/A) Oct. 23, GNA - Mr. Stephen Kunsu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kintampo North has presented building materials valued at about 87 million cedis to support school projects in some communities in the constituency.

Mr. Kunsu, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Kintampo over the weekend said the items, purchased from part of his share of the GETFUND as an MP included 650 bags of cement, 28 bundles of roofing sheets, 39 boxes of nails and 30 trips of white sand.

The beneficiary schools and communities are Kintampo Badariya Islamic Primary, Yara Roman Catholic Primary, Busuama Catholic Kindergarten, Kandige Seventh-Day Seventh-Day_Adventist Primary, Badu Akura Local Primary and Kaakaa Local Primary schools.

The others include Portor Local Primary, Jato Akura Local Primary, Kobeda Number One Local Primary, Tandegne Local Authority Primary and Kintampo Baffoe Local Primary schools.

Mr. Kunsu said the projects being undertaken in the communities were the construction of pavilion structures, teachers' residential quarters and the renovation of school buildings, which had been in deplorable state to make the places conducive for teaching and learning. Mr. Kunsu stressed the need for the people of the beneficiary communities to organise themselves to offer active communal labour support and use the materials for their intended purposes to ensure the successful completion of the projects.

The MP announced that it was his concern to promote sports in his area, hence, according to him, he had started distributing footballs and jerseys to the first and second division football clubs in the constituency to encourage footballers build upon their talents.

He urged the unemployed youth to organise themselves into groups and learn vocations such as batik-tie-and-dye printing, masonry, carpentry and skills so that, after completion of their apprenticeship they could form co-operatives to benefit from some credit facilities to establish their own businesses to improve upon their living standards. He also advised farmers in the area to go into the cultivation of mango, which has high market price and promised to provide mango seedlings to any group of farmers or individuals who would show interest in the cultivation of mangoes in the area.

Mr. Kunsu expressed concern about the long delay of connecting some communities in the constituency to the national electricity grid even though the people in such communities had already satisfied the government's Self-Help Electrification Programme (SHEP) condition. He said Babator-Soronoase, Kadelso, Porto, Gurumpe, Kawampe, Dawadawa Number One and Two, Asantekwaa, Yabraso and New Longoro have had their low-tension poles wired for a long time and therefore pleaded with the Government to consider the plight of people in those communities and hook them to the national grid.

Mr. Kunsu announced that a computer laboratory would be set up at Kintampo to serve as a computer literacy training centre to benefit Junior Secondary Schools in the Kintampo township.

The MP has renovated the former General Ward of the Kintampo Hospital and turned it into a residential accommodation facility for some two nurses serving in the hospital.

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