The village is not a limitation – Lanchene inspires final year pupils

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wa West Constituency, Supt. (rtd) Peter Lanchene Toobu has admonished final year Junior High School (JHS) pupils in the Wa West District to turn any stumbling block(s) into stepping stones by excelling in the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Mr. Lanchene made the call during an interaction with pupils of Gurungu D/A JHS in the district.

Hon. Peter Lanchene Toobu at Gurungu D/A JHS

The pupils, among other things, mentioned the lack of electricity, insufficient furniture and textbooks as some of the issues affecting their studies. After listening to the pupils on the state of the school’s infrastructure and other challenges, the inspirational lawmaker described the concerns as legitimate, but advised them not to allow those challenges to affect their education. According to Mr Lanchene, although the pupils consider themselves less privileged, the “village” tag is not an excuse for them to underperform in their education. “The village is not a limitation to your future ambitions”, he encouraged.

The pupils were thankful to the MP for his enormous contributions towards uplifting educational standards in the district. These interventions include the renovation of some school blocks, donation of furniture and exercise books and, importantly, singlehandedly sponsoring this year’s mock exams.
Mr. Lanchene in partnership with the Wa West District Education Directorate has organized a “trial” examination dubbed “MP’s Mock” for all final year JHS pupils in the district who will be sitting for the BECE this year.

In a related development, the retired Police Superintendent, Peter Lanchene Toobu, has renovated and handed over all nine classrooms of the Ponyentanga R/C primary school, where he had his basic education.

Renovated school block at Ponyentanga

The once dilapidated school had its classrooms’ doors and windows replaced, floors and walls patched and the entire block painted, the headmistress told W93.5fm.

One of the classrooms before the renovation

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Peter Toobu said the gesture was part of his efforts to contribute to the growth and development of his alma mater.

Hon. Peter Lanchene Toobu at work

Wa West: Residents of Nako eulogize MP for absorbing cost of bridge construction

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Residents of Nako in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region are full of praise for the Member of Parliament of the area, Hon Supt. (rtd) Peter Lanchene Toobu for financing the construction of a temporal bridge at the community. The construction of the temporal bridge has become necessary after a 60 year old concrete bridge linking Nako, Polee, Bawa and Laniyiri to other parts of the district collapsed in August 2020.

Collapsed Nako Bridge

According to residents, the collapsed bridge has brought life almost to a cessation as traders, teachers, health workers and other travellers from Wa, the regional capital, and surrounding communities are not able to access Nako and other neighbouring communities.

Assembly Member for the area, Hon Seidu Kassim revealed that the bridge which was constructed in 1961 has seen no major rehabilitation until it collapsed last year. He also regretted the District Assembly’s apparent neglect of the plight of the people as several complaints to the Assembly fell on deaf ears. “We have made several complaints to the Assembly, even the DCE and the district engineer visited the site but nothing came out of it. As the rains set in, we just have to improvise” he said.

It was therefore a sigh of relief when the Wa West Constituency lawmaker, Hon Lanchene Toobu pledged to support the community in their efforts to construct a bridge for temporal use.

Supt(Rtd) Peter Lanchene Toobu accessing the Nako Bridge

Hon. Lanchene after assessing the situation conceded that fixing the broken bridge is above his individual capacity, and therefore appealed to central government to intervene. “Looking at even the debris from the broken bridge, you would realize it’s a huge one. The bridge also serves as a spillway to a dam nearby. Honestly the project is beyond my individual capacity”, Mr Lanchene said. He however lauded the community’s initiative to construct another bridge as a temporal solution, which he offered to support.

In committing himself to the community initiated solution, the Member of Parliament immediately offered to absorb the total cost of the temporal bridge amounting to about GH₵12,000.00. “As a temporal measure, I am taking the total cost of this initiative. My people need to access education, healthcare, markets, etc whiles we lobby central government for a permanent solution” he stated.