The Minister of Petroleum who is also the Member of Parliament for Ellembelle (MP), Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah shocked residents in the area last Friday when he told them that his mother worked like a dog to enable her take care of him and other siblings in school.
‘My mother will fast, pray and work like a dog; she retailed everything – gari, rice, pepper and whatever sells’, he told the people.
According to the Ellembelle MP, he lost his father, who was a postmaster, when he (MP) was seven years old and had to be taken care of by a single mother who never had the chance to go to school.
The Ellembelle MP disclosed this during the official commissioning of a community centre in the area christened ‘AYA Community Centre’.
Named after the mother of the MP, Maame Aya Buah, the Community Centre is a care facility located in the district to provide holistic healthcare for the aged as well as serve as a recreational centre for the youth.
The Minister mentioned that at the centre, the old would meet the young ones and teach them time tested life lessons.
‘The youth can also converge here to take part in sporting activities like tennis, basketball and exercise instead of roaming about’.
He revealed that the centre would formally start running in a month’s time, to give the management time to train the people who will be manning the place.
The Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur mentioned that the government was poised to ensure that the socially excluded in the country were taken good care of.
She therefore called on the management and caregivers of the centre to see their work as a calling to take care of the aged as though they were taking care of their mothers and fathers.
‘I look forward to watching this project manifests into a new and exciting opportunity to demonstrate and witness the continual development and progress of our great country’, she added.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Ellembelle
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