From Zambaga Rufai Saminu
THE Member of Parliament (MP) for the Takoradi Constituency, Mr. Okyere Kobinah Darko-Mensah, has donated computers and accessories to the chiefs and people of Poase, a community within New Takoradi, one of the fishing suburbs of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The items, worth $25,000, included the renovation of a dilapidated library complex constructed by his predecessor, Mrs. Gladys Asmah. The library, according to the MP, would be converted into an Information Communication and Technology (ICT) center, connected with internet facilities.
The Chief of Poase, Nana Asafua-Kuma (II), who received the items on behalf of the community, pledged that the community would apply proper maintenance culture to sustain the project. He also pledged judicious use of the items for the benefit of pupils of the community, who were the target audience of the MP when he made the donation.
He, like Oliver Twist, after showering praises on the legislator for fulfilling the promises he made to the community, asked for more development projects in the area. The chief and his people, who were very excited by the kind gesture, later pledged their unflinching support to his work.
Speaking to the chief and his people after the donation, the MP said having recognised the importance of education, particularly, Information Communication and Technology, in modern day community development, he decided to embark on the ICT project in the area.
Consequently, he decided to use part of his common fund to connect the community to the rest of the world with the ICT project.
According to Mr. Darko-Mensah, since ICT had become a compulsory subject for studies at the basic level for pupils, it was incumbent on his part as their legislator, to take the first step in providing the necessary facilities to help them in that direction, so that they could be able to perform effectively during examinations.
“ICT has become examinable and compulsory in the education curricular, therefore, I want to give room for pupils in this area to familiarise themselves with the course,” he emphasised. Aside that, the MP said the renovation of the library complex, which forms part of the project, had become necessary, because, it had been abandoned by the community, giving room to recalcitrant youth to adopt the facility as a living place.
He explained that as a result of this visible neglect of the learning center by the community, the library, which has become a white elephant, paving the way for the irate youth to sleep inside it at night, if converted to an ICT center cum library, would attract the attention of students.
The roofing sheets of the library, ceiling, and louvers blades have all been rendered useless, with the whole facility, which lacks chairs, is currently in a deplorable state, and the books stocked for the past years rendered archaic.