Agona Duakwa residents protest SHS relocation

Mrs Pokua Sawyerr, Agona East MPThe chiefs and people of Agona Duakwa,  have protested against the sod-cutting ceremony for the commencement of construction of the government’s Community Senior High School at Agona Namawura in the Agona East district.

According to them, the plan was to build the school, which is part of the President’s 200 Community SHS project, at Duakwa and not Namawura.

Nana Kojo Amoakwa V, Chief of  Duakwa, addressing a news conference at Duakwa, said the protest has become necessary because the  authorities have violated a resolution adopted in July last year by the  Agona East District Assembly,  to site a Community SHS at Agona Duakwa.

According to the Chief, 21 members of the Assembly voted in favour of the project to be sited at Agona Duakwa, while only  three voted for its  construction at Namawura.

JaneHe recalled  that the Assembly’s resolution was delivered to the  office of the Minister of Education on  August 6 last year, but on December 31, they had information that the Member of Parliament for Agona East, had planned to organise a sod-cutting ceremony at Agona Namawura.

Nana Amoakwa said the MP’s decision to change the site of the project from its original place of  Duakwa to Namawura,  could create trouble in future.

Nana Amoakwa said “being the overlord of  both Duakwa and Namawura, the MP should have shown respect to him, by just informing and explaining to him that the former decision on the project site has been reversed.

He said “no body was challenging or opposing Mrs. Pokuah Sawyerr, the MP,  who is also Deputy Central Regional Minister, but there must be decency.”

Nana Amoakwa disclosed that  a petition was sent to the President on  the project in September last year, but the people were  yet to receive a response from the Presidency.

Mr. Francis Duodu Addo,  Agona East District Chief Executive, who performed the sod-cutting ceremony at Agona Namawura for the construction of the SHS, explained that the project has been sited at Namawura,  because the government wants needy and under-privileged students in the area to benefit from secondary education. —GNA

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