Windstorm causes havoc at Pusiga

A Windstorm hit parts of the Pusiga District in the Upper East Region, ripping off the roofs of some buildings, including eight public schools.

Basic schools have re-opened last Monday and parents and the District Assembly are worried that the disaster could hamper teaching and learning.

Mr Alhassan Abugbila, the Pusiga District Chief Executive (DCE), in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the Assembly alone could not solve the problem, and appealed to government, the National Disaster Management Organisation, non-governmental organisations and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the Assembly to re-roof the affected schools.

He urged schools and communities in the district to maintain their building and plant trees around buildings to serve as windbreaks.

The DCE directed the Executive Committee of the Social Services Committee of the Assembly to ensure that the District Education Oversight Committee (DEOC) and the District Directorate of Education stepped up their monitoring roles to help improve upon academic performance.

“All schools close to the National Grid should be connected to electricity to aid in teaching and learning of ICT and the District Directorate of Education should facilitate the acquisition of assets register for all schools in the district before the end of the year,” Mr Abugbila stated.

The DCE said the district was considering holding an educational forum to develop a strategy, to improve upon the quality of teaching and learning.

He urged Assembly members to educate the people in their respective electoral areas to appreciate the need to maintain a clean environment as the rainy season is also associated with diseases like malaria and cholera.

Mr Abugbila urged the assembly members “ to focus on behavioural change communication to solve the problem of open defecation, prevent stagnant water and the indiscriminate disposal of plastic bags, which has engulfed most of our communities”.

He commended communities that had been declared open defecation free, and entreated Assembly members, traditional and religious leaders to ensure that other areas adopted the Community Led Total Sanitation model, to enable them achieve open defecation free status.

The Pusiga District, carved from the Bawku East District, is among the 45 districts that were created in 2012.

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