From Michael Boateng
To support and encourage farmers in the Asunafo North Constituency, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Robert Sarfo Mensah, has presented assorted items to the Asunafo Municipal Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoFA), to be given to deserving hardworking farmers on Friday, December 3, 2010 – National Farmers Day.
The items, worth GH¢2,800, include six spraying machines, three boxes of cutlasses and machetes, wellington boots, and a 21-inch colour television, and disclosed that if the winner of the television happens to come from a place where there is no electricity, he would provide the winner with a generator, but if the winner comes from a place where there is electricity, the generator would be given to a school where there is no electricity to help in ICT training.
Presenting the items, Robert Sarfo Mensah said the presentation to support the MoFA in awarding best farmers in the Municipality, has been an annual ritual since 2005 when he was voted as the MP, therefore, he would continue till he decides not to be an MP again.
A member of the Planning Committee of the Municipal Farmers’ Day celebration, Mr. Ato Mends, received the items on behalf of the Municipal MoFA Directorate, and commended the MP for the continuous support he has been giving to the farmers since 2005.
After the presentation of the items at Goaso, Mr. Sarfo Mensah proceeded to Mim to commission a state-of the art e-learning ICT centre, which was established at a value of GH¢30,000, and funded through the MP’s share of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).
The components of the e-learning centre include 10 HP computers and a server, wireless networking, a wide range of multimedia educational software, which covers from pre-school up to Senior High School level.
It also includes a digital library, comprising the latest version of Encarta Encyclopedia and digital dictionaries, as well as an internet facility, whilst all the computers come with a multimedia headset, and the centre caters for all the different learning styles – Kinesthetic, Visual and Auditory learners.
The e-learning centre would serve almost 1,000 students in the Mim Community Cluster of Schools within the constituency.
At the commissioning ceremony, Robert Sarfo Mensah expressed delight in fulfilling the wish of the people of Mim, particularly, the Mim Youth Association, which called on him to assist in having an ICT centre for school children in the area for them to be able to use ICT to enhance their learning, as well as develop problem-solving skills.
According to him, plans were underway to replicate the e-learning centre in other communities within the constituency, while revealing that that of Goaso is nearly complete, and would be commissioned next year, 2011.
The Chief of Mim, Nana Dr. Okofrobour Yaw Agyei, who chaired the occasion, urged the school children to take advantage of the e-learning centre to gain an enviable future through knowledge in technology for rapid development.
He charged on parents to make their children’s education a priority, instead of spending unnecessarily on material things such as clothing for funerals and parties.
Nana Dr. Yaw Agyei noted that with the provision of the e-learning centre, the injustice in the examination system, where all pupils compulsorily have to write exams on ICT, regardless of whether there was access to ICT in one’s community or not.
The MP, again, donated 30 bags of cement to the chiefs and people of Bediakokrom for the reconstruction of the palace, which was damaged by a storm two years ago.
Nana Bediako Ababio, Chief of Bediakokrom, commended the MP for the assistance, saying since a heavy storm struck the Palace two years ago, the entire community has been brainstorming on how best to reconstruct it.
He said the community agreed to organise an offertory to raise money for the reconstruction of the palace, and develop a market for the community, therefore, the donation of the MP was very timely.