Minister presents computers and corn mill to school
Stories from Samuel Agbewode
The Deputy Minister for Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Ativor, who is also the Development Queenmother of the Abutia traditional area, has assured the chiefs and people of the area of government programmes and activities to bring rapid development to the people, particularly, in the areas of education and enhanced socioeconomic activities that would make life more comfortable for the people.
Mrs. Ativor noted that education was the only way to ensure the rapid development of every society, and that was why the government was doing everything possible to create the needed atmosphere that would promote effective teaching and learning in both the basic and secondary institutions across the country.
The Development Queenmother of Abutia with the name Mama Dezor, who was speaking at a presentation ceremony at Abutia-Teti in the newly created Ho-West District, where she presented 48 laptop computers to schools in the area, and a corn mill personally donated to the Abutia Senior High Technical School, stressed the need for the people to take education more seriously.
Mrs. Ativor said in line with government educational policies, 1,700 schools under trees had been provided with modern classroom blocks, adding that the time had come for the people in the Abutia area to embrace the numerous opportunities in the educational sector, such as the free distribution of the computers to schools, to enable pupils and students to learn more about Information Communication Technology (ICT).
She explained that as the Development Queenmother, she became very uncomfortable with the conditions at the Senior High School (SHS) in the area, particularly, the difficulties the cooks face in preparing food for the students, which motivated her to provide the items to the school to address some of their needs.
The Deputy Minister said she had liaised with some benevolent individuals who were helping to build an ultra modern dining and assembly hall complex at the cost of GH¢700,000 for the school.
She had also identified some brilliant but needy children, and has been paying their school fees, as well as providing them with other educational needs.
Mrs. Ativor used the opportunity to urge pupils and students to take the study of mathematics and science-related subjects more seriously, in order to gain admission into the government established University of Allied Health and Sciences, which establishment was one of the promises made to the people of the Volta Region by the government.
Mama Dezor also disclosed that she was planning to establish an ICT center at Abutia-Teti to ensure that everybody in the community, particularly the youth, were educated to use computers to add value to their activities, as well as to become abreast with the changing trend of development in the ICT world.
She promised to personally use her meagre resources to support development activities, and also lobby investors to visit the area for possible investment in areas of comparative advantage, and urged the people to support any development activity in the area that would ensure the rapid development of the people.
The Paramount Chief of the Abutia traditional area, Togbe Abutia Kodzo Gidi V, commended the activities of the Deputy Transport Minister, noting that the selfless services being rendered to the community by Mrs. Ativor should serve as a shining example for the youth to learn to render service to their communities without looking up for rewards, as was being demonstrated by the Minister.
Togbe Abutia Gidi noted that it was very clear that education was the pivot around which development could thrive in any community, and that particularly, girl child education ought to be seen as crucial in the development activities of the nation.
Mrs. Ativor and other educated women from Abutia had clearly demonstrated how girl child education could help in transforming society.
A Divisional Chief of Abutia, Togbe Korsi Keh, who received the computers on behalf of the schools, and the Assistant Headmaster of the Abutia SHS, Mr. Abraham Dey, who also received the corn mill on behalf of the Headmaster, thanked Mrs. Ativor for the gesture and promised that the items would be put to good use.
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