Osman Kariyamah, a member of the NPP Upper East Regional Communication, is calling on the people of the Upper East Region to be supportive of independently led developmental projects and drives, explaining that the government as an entity would not be able to immediately satisfy all the demands of Ghanaians at the same time.
Mr. Kariyamah made these comments on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show in reference to the Special Initiative Committee that has been constituted by the MCE for Bolgatanga, Rex Asanga and chaired by the Founder of the Millar Open University, Professor David Millar.
“It is a good initiative. I would like to urge him to continue. I would also call on his colleague MDCEs in the Upper East Region to initiate such projects in their areas. The world is changing. The world is not waiting for us. We must also contribute our quota. A lot of us from this side of the country have been blessed. What have we done to support our communities? The CEO of Blue Sky Hotel presented an ambulance to the regional hospital, and I was very happy,” he said.
Mr. Kariyamah explained that in other parts of the country, residents are ready to support the development of the area, particularly in education.
“We sit here and talk about Wesly Girls, go there and look at what the parents are doing for the school. Sometime ago, when I was in Legon, there was a PTA at the Legon Basic School. I went there to sit and observe what was going on. A parent donated a car to a teacher who was using trotro. Here, you wont even see a parent donating a chair. You discipline a child, and a parent would even follow up with the school and say they should even beat you,” he added.
Recently, two schools in the municipality acquired furniture as a result of the project, showing that the MCE’s Special Initiative Committee’s effort.
The first initiative of the project saw the committee, together with the Bolgatanga MCE hand over about 27 pieces of dual desks to the Sumbrungu Primary and Junior High School and St Charles Special School, all in Bolgatanga.
At a short ceremony to hand over the furniture, Chairman of the committee, Professor David Millar said the gesture was part of the committee’s efforts to help address the furniture deficit in the municipality.
“The first thing he tasked us to do was to find some support for alleviating the problem of children lying on the floor or sitting on the floor and writing or reading, so this is the first effort of what we called collectively as Municipal Chief Executive Special Initiative.”
“This one is not from an assemblyman. We have to make it very clear because your colleagues in other schools when they hear this they will say assembly took their money and only came and supported you. This is from his pocket, from my pocket and from the pocket of two or three other people so today I am really happy we are able to do this,” he said.
Prof. Millar also disclosed that the 27 pieces of dual desks which were funded by individuals cost around Ghc4,000.00. The Bolgatanga MCE used the opportunity to appeal to the public to support the initiative. Mr. Asanga described it as unfortunate for students in the 21st century to be lying on the floor to study.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana