The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has asked Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to stop coming to Parliament to nod his head when budget statements are being read and rather participate in the budget debate on the floor.
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President Akufo-Addo has been praised by the chiefs in the Kwahu-Afram Plains North in the Eastern Region for travelling on deplorable roads to personally observe the road network in the area without using helicopter.
The Chief of Kwahu Tafo – Nana Kwasi Opoku Mintah – who spoke on behalf of the paramountcy when the President visited Donkorkrom on the final day of his three-day tour of the region, stated: “In the past, some presidents and governments came to visit Donkorkrom using helicopters, for which reason they could not appreciate the difficulties the people were going through in terms of their road network.”
He continued: “You (Akufo-Addo) have proven to be different, and we pray that your government will come to our aid and construct these roads, which have been in a deplorable state for many years.”
The Afram Plains area, which the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been winning both in the parliamentary and presidential elections since 1992, lacks hospitals, standard clinics and good road network.
The previous NDC administration, during its eight-year tenure, failed to construct a single road project in the area.
It promised to build a community day school for residents of Donkorkrom, but the project was abandoned in the bush before the party was voted out of power.
Due to the poor road network, former President John Mahama visited the area in the past using helicopter.
Nana Opoku Mintah said that past governments had deprived them of their share of the national cake.
He thanked President Akufo-Addo for using the road and appealed to him to come to their aid.
The Kwahu Chief also lauded the President for energizing the Ghanaian youth across the country with his free Senior High School (SHS) policy, adding that “this policy has given the Ghanaian youth the opportunity to have a bright future.”
The chief indicated: “Investing in education and in the future of our children involves a huge capital outlay. We know it will take some years before we can fully realise and appreciate the full benefits of free SHS. One day, Ghanaians will make reference to you – President Akufo-Addo – and the positive impact of free SHS on us. Posterity will be grateful to you.”
The Afram Plains Chief expressed surprise at the numerous infrastructural projects being undertaken in the constituency, chief among them being the 1,000 metric-ton warehouses in the Afram Plains North and South.
“I have seen it with my own eyes, and we are grateful. When you promise, you redeem that promise and we thank you,” he added.
Nana Kwasi Mintah appealed to President Akufo-Addo to construct a college of education in Afram Plains, which will help in the training and retention of teachers “to teach our own children.”
With the district being a major beneficiary of the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs,’programmes, the chief revealed that the production of cashew and onions has been boosted and requested for roads.
The Roads and Highways Minister, Amoako Atta, on behalf of the government, told the chiefs that President Akufo-Addo had added the Afram Plains link from Ekye-Amankrom to Donkorkrom to his priority projects.
He said contractors would soon go to the site to start work on the deplorable roads.
Touching on the Afram Volta Lake, President Akufo-Addo assured the chiefs that four contractors had shown interest in constructing the bridge, adding that the project would soon commence.
Ramah Brew, a famous writer and actress, has strongly advocated the need for parents to do more for their children to cultivate the habit of reading. This comes at a time when research has shown that teens and adults are reading fewer books than it used to be.
According to Ramah Brew, parents play critical role in our quest to encourage children to cultivate the habit of reading. “When I was growing up as a child, no matter how busy my father was, when he came home from work, and after dinner, he would make me and my sisters read the newspaper for us to be updated with current affairs around the world; not only that, but also to introduce us to new words. So, I loved to read as a child and I used to get into any corner with a book,” she said.
Ramah Brew also decried the practice where some parents make excuses for their being not able to help their wards to read or engage in activities that would promote reading. “Some parents say, ‘I don’t have the time. I am tired and there’s a little time for me to do anything’,” she lamented. She warned that parents who go on that tangent have their children’s future at stake. She however encouraged parents to take interest in ensuring that their wards develop the habit of reading as they would reap the reward of doing that.
Ramah Brew made these statements in a documentary produced by the Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC). The documentary forms part of GBDC’s campaign, dubbed “Learn to read; read to learn” which has been initiated to create and increase awareness of the numerous benefits of reading, particularly to children. The documentary comprises prominent personalities and role models who still make time to read in spite of their busy schedule.
These prominent personalities and role models, who are people the children readily identify with, have been recorded reading aloud children’s books, particularly books written by Ghanaian authors. Ramah Brew read The Singing Tortoise by J.O. De Graft Hanson.
The President of MUSIGA, Singer, Songwriter and Performer, Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour) has appealed to parents to help their children to cultivate the habit of reading, even before they are born, owing to the enormous importance of reading. “Parents have a great role to play in the upbringing of a child.
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