Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has given the assurance that government is committed to providing quality education for Ghanaians and has urged the youth to make education their priority.
He said it is only through education that the citizens can be in charge of their lives and subsequently banish poverty out of Ghana.
The Vice President was speaking at a grand durbar of the chiefs and people of Ntotroso in the Brong Ahafo Region, to climax the end of a week-long Apomosu Yam Festival at Ntrotroso under the theme: Promoting, Empowering the Girl Child Education the role of Traditional Authorities.
He said Government has initiated a number of projects which, over a period, would help increase access to education and bring improvements in the educational system.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said education remained the key to human progress and therefore advised the youth of Ntortroso to take their studies seriously in order to become better citizens in future.
He called on parents and guardians to encourage the youth, especially the girl child to place a priority on education and put an end to early marriage and teenage pregnancy.
He commended the chiefs of Ntotroso traditional area for complementing the efforts of government in the area of education, by using their own resources to put up a Nursing Training College, and described the initiative as laudable.
He also commended their decision to put together a sustainable development committee to help raise funds for the community.
Mr. Arthur said the project is a good initiative adding that, Newmont, NADEF, the District Assembly and the Ghana Education Service, have the responsibility of ensuring the success and sustainability of the projects.
Mr. Kwesi Amissah Arthur observed that, when the nation’s youth take their education seriously, Ghana would have a brighter future, and pledged the government’s continuous support in making education very attractive to the youth.
He said it was in that direction that government has decided to make education attractive to the youth of Akwatia.
On the appeal for a school bus for the Nursing Training College (NTC), Mr Amissah-Arthur said he had personally taken it up and will soon provide them a bus.
He added that government was committed to solving the challenges facing the people of the area and its environs, and also assured the people of Ntotroso that very soon works would begin on the Tanoso Bridge and other roads in the area.
On his part, Barima Twireku Ampem III, who has been elevated to the Paramountcy status by the Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu for his hard work, lauded the efforts of government for developing the area.
He called on government as a matter of urgency, to come to the aid of the NTC with a bus to ease the movement of the students for clinicals, together with other infrastructural projects in the area especially the Tanoso Bridge which has become a death trap whenever it rains.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion were the General Secretary of the NDC Mr Asiedu Nketia, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon Collins Dauda, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Hon Eric Opoku and the Minister for Chieftaincy and Culture Dr. Seidu Danaa.
The Vice President on behalf of the government made some cash donation and as customary demands gave some creates of assorted drinks.
By: Maxwell Okamafo Addo