We need better schools, not offices for MPs- Chief of Mahamo tells gov’t

The Chief of Mahamo, a mining and farming community in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality of the Western Region, Nana Kwabena Gyan II, has asked the President Akufo-Addo to channel the money allocated to the construction of MP offices to improve educational facilities across the country.

According to him, there are a lot of schools in Ghana which are very deplorable and need urgent attention because it poses threats to the lives of the students.

Nana Kwabena Gyan II, the Chief of Mahamo, made the remarks when he was speaking to Ghananest.com in an interview.

He cited Mahamo basic school as a case to buttress his call, adding that the school needs attention than the constituency offices for parliamentarians across the country.

He also said, there are some MPs who have established offices for themselves, so why another move by the government to give them office.

Nana Kwabena Gyan II stressed that sometimes he has to use his traditional authority to close and disperse the children back home especially when the weather changes, even though he is not the educational director.

He indicated that they have allocated some money to maintain the school but it is not making any progress because it is so deteriorated and needs to be pulled down for new construction.

He added that sometimes, when it rains and the storm is very high it rips off the roofing sheets, which we have to mobilize to fund to fix it before the students can resume school.

Mahamao Chief also cited the unavailability of teacher’s quarters for the teachers who have posted to the area as another problem confronting the Mahamo and its adjourning communities.

Nana Kwabena Gyan II stressed that he has given his palace as accommodation for the teachers.

The Chief also pleaded to the government and other NGOs and philanthropists to come to their aid because they need help to fix the problem to avert future havoc on the community.

He indicated that Mahamo school serves more than five adjourning communities in the area hence the need for the government to give them a well deserving school block to development.

He also stated that the educational performance of the children are very enviable even though they don’t have access to the necessary learning materials.

Government has allocated GH¢45.5 million to construct constituency offices for members of parliament.

According to the government, the offices when completed would facilitate the work of the MPs by creating a non-partisan and neutral office for all constituents to interact with their representatives.

Some of the students we interviewed also complained about the difficulties they go through during classes.

They added that sometimes snakes will come to the classroom and they have to run away for their lives.

 

Source: Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie.

 

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