WA EAST: Inadequate Classrooms And Lack of Furniture Affecting Effective Academic Work At Sogla Basic Schools

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Sogla Dilapidated Primary School

Inadequate infrastructure and total lack of furniture are the major hindrances to effective teaching and learning in Sogla Primary and Junior High Schools in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region. Speaking to W93.5fm, the P. T.A’s Chairman of the school, Mr. Iddrisu lamented that the school is battling adversely with infrastructure deficit that needs urgent attention. According to him, the parents as a result of the dire nature of school infrastructure had mobilized themselves internally and erected sheds to accommodate the children as a temporal measure towards ameliorating their wards’ plight. He bemoans further that, their wards were exposed to harsh weather condition, especially the North-East Trade Wind (Hamattan) season and will not spared when the rainy season sets in, if nothing helpful from government, philanthropists or an NGO. ‘Our school classrooms are not sufficient and as a result, we have mobilized ourselves internally to put up this shed as a temporal structure to shelter our children for academic purposes. We are appealing to the government, philanthropists and Non-Governmental Organizations to come and rescue our children from the harsh weather condition they are exposed to due to inadequate befitting classrooms’’, Mr. Iddrisu prayed. The parents also cited the unavailability of electricity in the community and lack of accommodation for teachers as disincentives to both existing and newly posted teachers to the school. ‘Lack of Teachers’ Bungalow coupled with the absence of electricity demotivate newly posted teachers from accepting posting to school with the existing ones seeking transfers to communities with satisfied social amenities’’, another parent observed.
Touching on the furniture situation in the school, the residents revealed that, the school could not boast of single furniture for both teachers and pupils, compelling the pupils to either squat or lie flat on the floor with their stomachs while learning. ‘

The school has no single furniture for both teachers and pupils to sit on for any meaningful teaching and learning. As a result, the children are always on their knees or lying flat with their stomach on the floor while learning. Sometimes we wonder whether we have leaders’, another parent stated. The population of the two schools cumulatively is about two hundred pupils. Parents in the Sogla community in the Wa East District of the Upper West Region are therefore appealing to the District Chief Executive of Wa East District Assembly; Hon. Dr. Suleman Ewurah, the Member of Parliament for the Wa East Constituency; Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw, philanthropists and Non-Governmental Organizations to come their aid.

GILANG DAM: CONTRACTOR MOVES TO SITE FOR COMMENCEMENT OF WORK

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The Construction Company, Gurima Twins Company Ltd, in charge of constructing Gilang Irrigation Dam in the Wa East District, has moved to site to commence actual work. Speaking to the media during the commencement of work on the site, the Project’s Manager, Mr. Anthony Abubakari, assures the chief and people of Gilang that, the project will be executed on schedule. According to him, out of the twelve month duration, he expressed optimism of finishing the project within eight months without compromising quality. He however, appealed for the cooperation and support of the community for a successful execution of the project.

Chief & residents of Gilang

The Assembly Member for the Area, Hon. Attawulahi Ibrahim Kamintanye, on his part, underscored some of the economic benefits the project wil bring to the beneficiary communities when completed. According to him, the able bodied men and women can engage in dry season gardening and livestock will also have easy access to water.

The District Chief Executive for the Wa East District Assembly, Hon Dr. Suleman Ewurah Kandia Mahama in December last cut sod for the construction of the dam and a similar one at Tuasah; both in the Wa East District.

WA EAST; DCE OPENS 19KM VIRGIN ROAD TO BELEKPONG

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The District Chief Executive for Wa East District in the Upper West Region, Dr Ewurah Sulemani Kandia has cut-sod for the opening of a 19km Virgin Road from Kundugu to Belekpong in the Wa East District.

Hon. Ewurah Sulemani Kandia

The 19km government of Ghana funded road will link about three communities; Chawuli, Jabaga and Belekpong. This, according to the DCE is part of the government of Ghana’s effort to improve economic activities in the area.
Dr Ewurah Sulemani Mahama Kandia described the “opening” of the road as a sigh of relieve to the beneficiary communities. ” The people here have yerned for the construction of this road for a very long time, so seeing work commence on the road gives them so much joy” he said. Dr. Kandia used the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and NPP government for the initiative.
The DCE further cautioned the contractor (ASHCAL general trading and construction) to work in cordiality with the communities to deliver nothing but quality work.
He equally assured the contractor of the assembly’s cooperation.
On his part, the Assembly member of the area Hon Dramani Kofi Hashim disclosed that, between June/July 2021 every year(rainy season), the people of Belekpong and it’s adjoining communities could not access the market at kundugu; which is the major trading hub in the area. “Bellekpong and other communities along the road are cut off from accessing health services and social amenities in Kundugu” he added.
Balibie Abu Iddirisu a commuter alleged that two persons lost their lives whiles attempting to cross the stormy waters during the rainy season to their farms. He noted that the lack of motorable road from Kundugu to Belekpong has denied several pregnant women health care.

Commuters on the road

The engineer at ASHCAL general trading and construction Michael Tuoyang assured the community of quality work and a good working relationship during the periods of the road construction. He however indicated that, since it is a Virgin road, the estimates and duration of the project will be ascertained after the clearing of the road.