Gomoa Techiman (C/R), Feb 18, GNA - The Gomoa District Assembly has disbursed 1.3 billion cedis from the Poverty Alleviation Fund, Ms Joyce Aidoo, Acting District Chief Executive, said on Wednesday. She said this at the inauguration of a four-unit classroom block with a toilet and a borehole costing 313 million cedis at Gomoa Techiman.
The Acting DCE expressed concern about the slow pace of loan recovery and asked the beneficiaries to make efforts to re-pay for others to benefit since the Fund was a revolving one. The DCE said the government was making efforts to provide enough resources to the District Assemblies to help reduce poverty in the area and assured women that the Assembly would strive to give them financial assistance.
She called on the youth to refrain from copying foreign culture such as the celebration of Valentine Day to their detriment. Ms Aidoo said the celebration of the Day should not be encouraged since it promoted social problems such as promiscuity and indiscriminate sex, adding that, all efforts must be made to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.
She dismissed the notion that all the key positions in the District were being held by women and said the time had come for women intellectuals to use their expertise to move the country and the district forward.
The DCE advised teachers to do their best to promote quality education and called on parents to send their children especially the girls to school.
She commended the people for voting massively for President Kufuor and the NPP in the December 2004 elections and said the government would continue to provide social amenities to improve their living conditions. Mrs Emma Quarcoe, District Director of Education, called on parents to take proper care of their children to enable them to grow up to become useful citizens.
She asked them to discourage them from wearing indecent dresses, which promoted promiscuity and cautioned teachers to desist from drunkenness, lateness and absenteeism to promote effective teaching and learning.