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05.04.2006 Regional News

MP institutes 50 million cedis scholarship scheme for constituency

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Kumasi, April 05, GNA - Mr Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the Member of Parliament for Suame, has instituted a 50-million-cedi scholarship scheme for brilliant but needy pupils and students in his constituency. Speaking when he met the chiefs, opinion leaders, elders and people of Bremang during a meet-the-people forum in Kumasi on Sunday, he said the enhancement of the scheme followed the success of the 10 million-cedi one he instituted in 2003.

Mr Mensah-Bonsu said he placed emphasis on education because the years ahead were going to be extremely hostile for the uneducated and therefore pleaded with parents to ensure that they give their children to the best education.

"The decades ahead are going to be driven by high technology and this will impact negatively on persons with the least education." Mr Mensah-Bonsu said the scholarship would cover pupils and students in the entire constituency, adding that there would be no break.

"To allow for transparency in the disbursement of the scholarship, the administration of the scheme will be left to a five-member committee which will include an assembly member, a representative of the chiefs in the constituency, a representative each of the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) in the schools in the area and the Town Council and one person appointed by the MP".

Mr Mensah-Bonsu, who is the Majority Chief Whip, assured the people that he would continue to press for the completion of the community initiated clinic that the President pledged to do. He announced the termination of the contract of the contractor working on the Bremang-UGC-Tafo road and expressed his belief that very soon the project would be re-awarded.

The MP told the people that he had secured a 200 million-cedi HIPC facility to be used to continue work on the Catholic Primary School, construction of which had come to a standstill.