“Help secure donated lands against future compensation claims,” – chiefs told

By Dominic Adoboli,
GNA

Dzodome
(VR), Sept. 16, GNA – Traditional rulers have been urged to help secure title
deeds for  community project lands to
ward off future agitations by such community-disoriented royal family
descendants who rise up later for compensation claims over such donated plots.

Mr
Emmanuel Louis Agamah, South Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE), making the
appeal said, the issues of royal family descendants rising up over lands
donated for communal project, sometimes reselling and encroaching on them,
leaves much to be desired and it must be curtailed through the appropriated
means.

Mr
Agamah was inaugurating a three-unit school block, with ancillary facilities
for the Dzodome DA Basic School, built by the Assembly on a three-acre plot of
land donated by Chiefs and Elders of Dzodome, a farming village in the area.

He
was of the view chiefs, by their position as custodians of lands in trust for
communities, were right in donating fractions of such lands on behalf of the
community for projects inuring to the general interest, describing as
unfortunate, the act of a group rising up later, discarding that general
interest spirit.

He
urged Chiefs to continue to offer lands for education and health facilities,
saying absence of land often stalled targeted community projects and drawing
development back.

The
DCE commended Togbi Awafia Akoto Agloborni II, Chief of Dzodome and his Elders
for the land, promising the Assembly will keep expanding facilities in the
school to an enviable school in the area.

The
DCE, who just commissioned a similar facility for Amedorme community, said the
Assembly was at pace at eliminating major Basic School infrastructure
challenges across the area to enhance enrolment and quality teaching and
learning.

He
urged all stakeholders, parents in particular, to lend their hands to the
wheels to enhance education, reiterating it a key tool for personal, community
and national development.

Mr
Kobla Woyome, Member of Parliament for the area, commended the Assembly for
completing the project and promised to continue partnering the Assembly to
enhance quality teaching and learning in the area.

Miss
Elorm Abah, Head teacher, said the School, started by the local Baptist Church
in its premises in 1996 with 79 pupils, went through stages, including becoming
Dzodome Community School, hence the donation of the current site by the chiefs
and finally its adoption by the Ghana Education Service.

She
listed current student population as 41, with three teachers, who have only one
chair and a table at their disposal, and only two hexagonal tables and 22
chairs for the entire pupils.

She
mentioned other challenges as inadequate text books and Teaching and Learning
Materials and appealed for support.

Miss
Abah also appealed to government to place the school on the School Feeding
Programme to help activate enrolment and pupil retention as the pupils have to
live on the single morning meal they took at home till school closes, a
situation she said was hampering concentration of pupils.

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