Regina Benneh, GNA
Feb. 19, GNA – Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Sunyani East
Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) has advised parents and guardians to take
advantage of the government’s Free Senior High School (FSHS) education
programme to enroll their children and wards in school.
She stressed that
the education of particularly the girl-child must be a matter of priority now
for parents and guardians, for Ghana to get a lot of educated females to
contribute meaningfully for holistic national progress.
The MCE however,
expressed regret that the programme was being implemented with the tax-payers
money, but instead of embracing and contributing for the benefit of the current
generation of Ghanaian children and those yet unborn, a section of the general
public because of their selfish and parochial political interest had been
emphasised the need for the public, especially the political opponents of the
government to stop the politicization of the programme, since such negative
attitudes and uncompromising positions did not help for national development.
gave the advice when she educated residents of Yeboahkrom, a farming community
in Sunyani East on government policies and programmes as part of her two-day
working tour of the Municipality that ended on Tuesday.
The MCE’s message
was not different from what she gave in the communities she had earlier visited
and among the major socio-economic challenges and needs of the people
mentioned for government’s attention and action were bad roads, basic school
blocks, non-potable drinking water, electricity system, waste management
and Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compound.
She stated that
education must be the priority of every parent and guardian
because knowledge and skills acquired by the individual contributed
greatly for him/her to become outstanding in any chosen field of profession.
entreated parents to stop pushing their children into early marriages and
rather encourage them to go to school to become responsible future
leaders who would become useful to the family, community and country.
She touched on the
impending voters’ registration exercise scheduled to commence in April by the
Electoral Commission and urged the electorate to go and register for the
power to cast their ballots to elect their preferred candidates for the
development of their communities and the nation.
said “election year is not a war year but a peaceful and a joyful
year since the electorate have been given the chance to exercise their
franchise to express their concerns through voting”.
advised the people to think peace, unity and progress but not chaos, troubles,
violence, disunity, displacement of the masses and backwardness.
“We should not allow
election to tear the nation into pieces, rather let Party unite us the more
because the nation and the people were there before the arrival of
politics,” the MCE said.