Chief implores Gov’t to increase infrastructure to meet the growing numbers
| Updated Nov 22, 2017 at 3:36am
Photos: © GBC's Isaac Asare.
The implementation of the government’s free Senior High School, (SHS) policy which is intended to improve access to secondary education has since been met with challenges that has to do with infrastructure deficit.
In view of the inadequacies, stakeholders in education and other concerned individuals have echoed the need for government to work towards expanding school infrastructure at the secondary level to match up with the growing numbers.
The latest to add his voice to the clarion call is the Divisional Chief of Datuku Traditional Area in the Talensi District, Naab Nubil Pulig Kusua Yebik.
Naab Yebik made the appeal at a grand durbar to climax this year’s Tenglebgre festival celebrated by the Chiefs and people of Datuku.
The occasion was marked on the theme: "Tenglebgre, our rich cultural heritage should not be forgotten".
Tenglebgre is a festival celebrated by the people around the eastern part of the Talensi District and some parts of the Nabdam District.
It is an occasion to offer thanksgiving to God and their ancestors for seeing them through the farming season with bumper harvest.
It is also a period to reflect on past events, the challenges and the way forward.
Some distinguished personalities including sons and daughters of Datuku were present to grace the occasion.
In his welcome address, the Divisional Chief of Datuku, Naab Nubil Pulig Kusua Yebik emphasised the importance of traditional festivals considering their role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the country, stressing that apart from bringing families and friends together to make merry, it is the only period set aside to foster unity among neighboring communities.
Touching on the theme, Naab Yebik observed that the demonstration of the rich cultural heritage exhibited through songs as well as traditional drumming and dancing portrays a sense of belonging and must not be overlooked.
Touching on his development agenda, Naab Yebik said he was going to make productive use of resources that abound in the area to benefit his people.
According to him, investors are showing interest in the deposit of minerals and that effort will be made to woo more investors to undertake developmental projects in the area.
Naab Yebik also seized the opportunity to appeal to outline some development needs of the community and charged the Talensi district assembly to assist in that regard.
Datok-Naab also thanked the assembly for the completion of some school projects in the community.
Some include the completion of Datuku Clinic, completion of a 12-unit teachers quarters and the completion of approach filling of 1 No culvert among others.
He moreover, showed appreciation to Cassius Mining Limited for providing a borehole for the Zanwore community and hoped that their presence in the area will inure to the benefit of the people.
In an interview with Radio Ghana, Datok-Naab underscored the importance of the government’s free SHS policy and expressed appreciation to the government for honoring his campaign promise.
He noted the implementation of the flagship program has come as a relief to many particularly his community and called for sustained effort to expand school infrastructure at the second cycle to meet the growing numbers of students that gained admission at the various secondary, vocational and technical schools.
Story by Radio Ghana's Isaac Asare.