The Member of Parliament(MP) for Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region, Hon Betty Nana Efua Krosby Mensah, has described the present state of the constituency as a failure stating that for the past 61 years since Ghana’s Independent, the area has known no meaningful development.
According to her, after 61 years of Ghana’s freedom from colonial rule, roads remained deplorable, modern market centers, schools, potable drinking water, electricity and internet connection, skills development and training institutions are still in their dreams state than reality.
The MP made the remarks when she address teachers school children at the 61st Independent Anniversary parade in Donkokrom, the District capital of Afram Plains North on Tuesday this week.
She expressed unhappy with the fact that,successive government since Independent continuous to mortgage the development and bright future of the constituency in other interest to the detriment of the people of Afram Plains North.
“As Ghana attains her 61 years of independence and for that matter Afram Plains, I would want to liken Afram Plains North to an ageing single parent near her retirement but still has the burden of feeding her children because she failed to empower them with education, good health, employable skills nor social amenities.”
“The question is, have we as people of Afram Plains felt really independent? I’m sure we will respond with a resounding NO! We depend on other districts for education, health care, jobs and even personnel etc. After 61 years of trying different governments, we have come a long way but there’s still so much to be done,” Ms Betty Mensah stated.
Nevertheless, she said as their representation in parliament,she is fully committed to ensuring a change in the status quo and called for support and prayers from the constituent to deliver.
She said, though the situation remained challenging, she is inspired by the zeal and interest to uplift their plight and within the one year that she has been their MP, she undertook some intervention to reduce the burden of parents and guardians in the constituency.
Ms Betty said, she has assisted over 25 students financially in the second cycle and Tertiary institutions, adding, “I have been able to placed 11 community/ teaching assistants in schools on the Dwarf and Digya Islands on monthly allowance to motivate them to assist in the classroom.”
Again, she said effort was been made, “to continually pursue government to continue the university of environment and sustainable development in the Kwahu Afram Plains Ridge as established in the University of Environment and Sustainable Development Act 2015, Act 898, section 3.”
As part of her policies to motivate teachers and children to give up their best to improve standard of education, the MP said, her office has handed over a 32″ Flat screen TV to the Ghana Education Services ( GES) Directorate in the constituency to be presented to the Best performing school in the District.
In addition to that, Ms Betty said she also made provision for a Solar powered system with Tv and Computer to be presented to the Best performing student in the District, assuring that, she is “committed to providing 3 classroom pavilions for schools in 10 rural communities without any structure and many more.”
All these intervention, she noted was in clear demonstration to enhancing education and expressed the hope that the interventions and many more to come would go a long way to promote quality education and as well solve most of the challenges faced the education sector of the district.
She therefore urged students at various levels of education in the constituency to eschew truancy and laxity but strive to read their books so they could excel in their education.
She further advised the school children to be self discipline and restrain themselves from social vices that could affect their future and as well obey their teachers and respect elders in their communities to enable them grow into responsible adults.
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