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30.12.2005 Regional News

Adaklu Communities bar schools from receiving textbooks

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Kpetoe (V/R), Dec. 30, GNA - Mr Mawuli Kwame Dabi, District Chief Executive (DCE) of the Adaklu Anyigbe District Assembly has expressed worry about the directive by some Adaklu community leaders not to receive consignments of textbooks from the district directorate of the Ghana Education Service at Kpetoe for distribution to their pupils. "How could the Adaklu Traditional Area develop if few people are imposing their decisions on the citizenry to the extent of threatening teachers for collecting textbooks from Kpetoe," he lamented. Some of the communities are also rejecting the government's NEPAD Feeding Programme for schools selected in the area, he added. Speaking to the GNA in an interview at Kpetoe on Thursday, Mr Dabi alleged, "a particular community has returned textbooks collected by a head teacher for their school".

He, therefore, implored such communities to be mindful of the consequences of their actions on the development of their children. "Posterity will not forgive us, if the actions we take today bring misery to them (pupils)" he warned. He called on the people of Adaklu not to allow a few people to hold their children's future to ransom at a time other communities were competing in efforts to secure the best educational opportunities for their children.

Mr Dabi commended those Adaklu communities, such as Adaklu-Kordiabe, which have put the collective interest of their people above those of self-centred individuals and groups, who were manipulating others in the pursuit of their own interests. "Let us bury the hatchet and forge ahead in peace and unity as one people with a common destiny", Mr Dabi advised. Following the designation of Agortime-Kpetoe over Adaklu-Waya, as the capital of the newly created Adaklu Anyigbe District, the people of Adaklu Traditional Area have resorted to different forms of protest, including barring their Assembly members from attending Assembly meetings at Kpetoe.