Berekum East MP tours constituency
From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Berekum
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Berekum East Constituency in the Bono Region and Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health, Dr. Kwabena Twum Nuamah, has embarked on a three-day inspection tour of ongoing and completed projects in his constituency.
Accompanied by the Berekum Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kofi Adjei, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Chairman, Mr. Kwaku Kankam, the MP first visited Biadan to monitor an ongoing solar powered mechanised water closet toilet facility.
He presented five street bulbs to the town, following a request from the chiefs and people of the area.
At Senase, the MP inspected an ongoing bread mill that is to help boost bakery businesses in Berekum East. The two assembly members in the community, with the traditional leaders, requested for an extention of electricity supply to the new sites in the area.
They also requested for the evacuation of a refuse dump in the area which poses a health threat to the people. Dr.Twum Nuamah thanked the community for their support and promised to honour their requests.
Ongoing solar powered water closet toilets with mechanised bore holes under the one million per constituency initiative were inspected at Mpatapo and Mpatasie.
Some of the constituents at Mpatasie raised concerns about the bad nature of roads linking the community to the Berekum township. In his response, Dr. Kwabena Twum Nuamah called for calm as the long-awaited Sino Hydro project would soon commence.
The MP later donated street bulbs for installation in all the communities visited.
At the Akrofo Clinic, the MP and MCE promised to build a new toilet facility for them and uplift the lighting system there. They also inspected a completed kindergarten block at the Akrofo Primary School.
The MP visited the newly constructed boys’ dormitory block at the Berekum Senior High School (SHS), and also the Berekum Presby SHS to inspect a completed six-unit classroom block which is under the emergency classroom blocks the government is giving in support of the free SHS policy.
The Principal of the Berekum College of Education, Mr. Prince Yeboah Marfo, announced that the school was currently among the best five colleges of education in the country, regardless of the challenges facing them.
He said the school lacked accommodation facilities which have impeded their enrolment making it impossible to admit more students. He added that the school received over 4,000 applicants this year, but only 500 students were admitted due to accommodation issues.
He expressed worry that some Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) projects under construction have been abandoned by the contractors, and called on the MP to intervene for the completion of those projects.
Dr. Twum Nuamah assured management of the school that he would take steps to help complete the abandoned project in the school.
BEREKUM THURSDAY MARKET
Another project under the one million dollar per constituency which the MP inspected was the Berekum Thursday Market.
The market is currently is being paved with blocks. The market women called for the early completion of the project to enable them to use the facility.
At the Yiadom Boakye Market, the MP saw the market women trading on the streets because of the construction of market sheds.
The traders requested that the stores around the market be constructed by the assembly instead of going in for a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) as announced. Their worry is on the high charges that will be quoted if constructed under the PPP, therefore, a plea that it goes under the one million dollar per constituency.