From David Allan Paintsil, Dahia
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Cape Coast, Mr. Ebo Barton Odro, at the weekend promised his constituents that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government had lined up various infrastructure projects to give the ancient metropolis a facelift.
He was answering questions posed to him by some of his constituents at Dahia in the Cape Coast metropolis, at a ceremony to present 10 computers to the Dahia English and Arabic Basic School at Dahia.
The 10 were part of 20 computers and accessories procured by the MP to support two basic schools in the Cape Coast Metropolis to enhance ICT education.
He said the construction of the Cape Coast Stadium, Kotokuraba Market, Fosu Lagoon dredging, an interchange for Pedu Junction, and a dual carriageway road from Pedu Junction to Mpeasem, are projects expected to give Cape Coast a new look.
He added that the STX deal signed between the Ghana government and her South Korean counterpart was another project aimed at enhancing accommodation for security services, and that Cape Coast will also benefit from it.
Mr. Odro hinted that the Cape Coast Stadium contract was being reviewed to allow a Chinese company to take over the project, and that documents were at the Attorney General’s Department, where he serves as Deputy Minister, with the project soon to take off.
He waded into the issue of the collateralisation of oil funds, saying that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader, Nana Akufo Addo, cannot advise President John Evans Atta Mills not to sign the law, which Parliament has approved.
He urged the pupils at Dahia to acquire ICT skills to enable them compete favourably in the Basic Entrance Certificate Examination (BECE) ICT examinations.
On the issue of the road leading to the town of Dahia, the MP said he made that promise during the 2008 elections campaign, and reassured the people that electricity would soon be extended to the place.
The Headmaster of Dahia Basic School, Mr. Dauda Okine, thanked the MP for his kind gesture, and asked for 20 more computers, to enable every child get access to one computer during ICT studies.
The Linguist of the town, Kofi Nyame, expressed gratitude to the MP for visiting the town, and impressed upon him to recruit some of the youth in the town when STX Housing projects begin next year.
In another development, the Central Regional Coordinator of HIV/AIDS, Mr. Ebenzer Koomson, has called on the media to give prominence to HIV/AIDS awareness creation and education, to help minimise the spread of the dreadful disease.
He said education was the best vaccine to the disease, although there was not a scientific vaccine for it, explaining that if people were very much aware of the disease, they would lead responsible lives its spread.
He made the call at a day’s sensitisation workshop for the media in Central Region at Cape Coast.
He said it was incumbent on the media to collaborate with the Ghana Health Service to educate the people to refrain from contracting the disease, so as to prevent Ghana from experiencing the East African episode.
He commended some media houses that slot into their programmes AIDS education to catch their listeners’ and readers’ attention.
Mr. Koomson said the region has a 3% HIV/AIDS rate among pregnant women, and that 12 anti-retroviral treatment sites render services to clients from both the region and adjoining ones.