The paramount chief of the Gbi Traditional Area in the Volta Region, Togbega Gabusu VI, has appealed to the government to site one of the 200 proposed senior high schools in the area.
That, he said, would offer the more than 3,000 pupils who complete the 300 junior high schools annually, a wider opportunity to attend SHS in the area, since there is only one such school in the area.
Togbega Gabusu, who made the call during a courtesy call on him by the Volta Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, disclosed that the people had initiated work on the Gbi Senior High/Technical School so the government intervention would be needed to complete the project.
He commended the government for choosing a campus at Hohoe for the University for Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) and called for action to be expedited on the development of infrastructure.
He also called for the improvement of Hohoe town roads and pointed out that the Department of Town and Country Planning of the municipal assembly must be resourced and strengthened to be able to solve tackling the challenges confronting the area.
On the recent communal conflict between the people of Gbi and the Zongo community, the paramount chief said the relative peace was threatened as a result of government’s inability to resettle him after his family house was vandalised, adding that the missing or stolen items including regalia had not been retrieved or replaced yet, whilst the perpetrators of the act were parading the streets.
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Nii Afotey Agbo, who was accompanied by his deputy, Mr Francis Ganyaglo, assured the people that work would soon commence on the construction of a lecture hall for the Hohoe campus of UHAS.
He also said the problems mentioned by the paramount chief were not beyond the capability of the government and that the issues and grievances have been noted and would be tackled accordingly.
According to Nii Afotey Agbo, the primary objective of a government was to address the needs of the people, adding that the government was prepared to fulfil its obligation. He also visited the Zongo community and urged them to put the conflict behind them and endeavour to live peacefully because that was a prerequisite for orderly development.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe-North, who is also the Deputy Minister for Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Dr Mrs Bernice Adiku-Heloo, thanked the people for voting her as their Member of Parliament and asked them to encourage their children to study science in order to win scholarships instituted for science and mathematics students.
A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late Volta Regional Minister, Mr Henry Ford Kamel, who died on Christmas Day last year.
Story: Tim Dzamboe