Friday, May 9, 2008


Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

ONE thousand, one hundred and forty-five (1,145) adult learners are engaged in the non-formal education programme in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Ben Kwakye-Adeefe, who disclosed this at the first ordinary meeting of the assembly at Manso Nkwanta, said 48 facilitators were involved in the programme.
He said the programme was being given serious attention because of its enormous benefits.
Mr Kwakye-Adeefe stated that 285 boreholes had been constructed in the district since 2001 as part of efforts to improve potable water supply to the people.
He said more of such projects were to be undertaken to bring the total number to 305 before the end of the year.
Mr Kwakye-Adeefe also touched on sanitation and said 2,320 household latrines had been constructed in the various communities.
The DCE stressed the importance of education and said major strides had been achieved in that area.
They include educational infrastructure, scholarships for students and trainee of teachers.
Mr Kwaakye-Adeefe mentioned some of the projects as the construction of 35 teachers’ quarters in some communities since 2001, while 100 school blocks had been put up across the district.
He stressed the notable role the Capitation Grant had played in advancing educational development in the area, especially in enrolment, and said that was an indication that more children were being educated to help build the district for the future.
Mr Kwakye-Adeefe welcomed the establishment of the first university in the district by the Anglican Church, and expressed the hope that it would boost the area’s educational drive.
He stated that 95 health assistants trained by the assembly under the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) had passed out and were currently working in the various health facilities.
Mr Kwakye-Adeefe spoke about the progress made by the District Health Insurance Scheme and said currently, 70,000 people had registered, with 59,500 of them being issued with identity cards.
On rural electrification, the DCE said 64 communities had been connected to the national grid since 2001.

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