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General News Wed, 14 Jan 2004

Ghana Institute of Languages to go back to Ajumako

Ajumako (C/R), Jan 14, GNA- Mr Felix Owusu Adjepong, Majority leader and Minister of Parliamentary affairs, on Tuesday announced that the government has accepted to re-locate the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL), which was moved to Winneba, at Ajumako.

He said when it is relocated, the institute, would however be made one of the major campuses of the University of Education at Winneba, and that French and distance education programmes, would also be introduced. Mr Adjepong made this known, when he answered questions at the Second 'People's Assembly' at Ajumako in the Central Region. He said the government was dialoguing with the University of Winneba and other concerned bodies for the relocation.

Mr Adjepong said education still remains the priority of the government and that everything would be done to improve teaching and learning in the country.

He said it was in view of this that the government was building new schools and upgrading one Senior Secondary School (SSS) in each district.

Mr Isaac Edumadze, Central Regional Minister and MP for the area, said the government was spending more than 14.2 billion cedis on the tarring of some roads in the district.

He mentioned the Bisease-Ehyiam, Bisease township, Breman-Essiam-Assin-Manso and Abaasa-Nkodwo-Asempanyin roads which are to be tarred and have already been given out on contract. He, therefore, urged the people to appreciate the number of development projects, which have been executed by the government within three years, and vote it back to power to "continue with its good works".

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The District Chief Executive, Mr Kenneth Obempong, enumerated several projects being undertaken in the area with assistance from the HIPC relief and district assemblies common funds, and the GetFund, such as the construction of new 31 classroom blocks at a cost of more than five billion cedis.

He said 250 million cedis and 150 million cedis respectively, have also been granted as bursaries to 200 teacher trainees and as scholarships for 40 brilliant but needy students.

He mentioned developments in the health and agricultural sectors in the district, and announced that DANIDA, had provided 100 million cedis for the establishment of a mutual health scheme. Mr Obempong said 311 million cedis had been received from the HIPC relief fund to cater for the ante-natal and delivery services of expectant mothers.

On agriculture, he said 200 hectares of land have been cropped with cassava in three communities under the PSI and that programme would be extended to other communities with the view to catching about 2,000 unemployed youth.

He, however, expressed concern about the non-refundable of the Poverty Alleviation Scheme, adding that only 40 million cedis of the 568.6 million cedis disbursed within the past three years, had been recovered as at December last year, and warned that defaulters would be prosecuted.

Present, were a member of Council of State, Nana Prah Agyensaim, Professor Dominic Fobih, Minister of Lands and Forestry, Mr Richmond Quarm MP for Gomoa East and some District Chief Executives.

Source: GNA
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