New Juaben South Assembly builds dormitory for street children

A two-storey dormitory for a rehabilitation centre for street children, has been inaugurated at Nyamekrom, near Koforidua, in the New Juaben South Municipality of the Eastern Region.

Funded with the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), the GHC 1 million facility, would accommodate at least 500 children.

The centre offers vocational training, such as sewing, carpentry, hairdressing and weaving to the children.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for New Juaben South, Mr Isaac Appaw-Gyasi, said the assembly would tackle the problem of children wandering the streets.

He noted that some parents and families could not take good care of their children due to financial constraints.

“Therefore the construction of such a facility is a relief to the assembly and it will help us train children in vocational skills so that they can work and get income to cater for themselves and families,” Appaw-Gyasi said.

He said by properly accommodating and giving children skills to earn a living and become useful citizens, many of them would be cleared off the streets within Koforidua Township and its environs.

Mr Appaw-Gyasi stated that the government was committed to promoting the welfare of Ghanaians, especially children, and would continue to facilitate the development of the municipality and the country.

He said that the centre would be operated by the Social Welfare Department of the assembly, and advised them to take good care of the children.

Appaw-Gyasi appealed to the chiefs and people to assist the assembly maiantain the facility.

The Chief of Nyamekrom, Nana Odame Affum, praised the assembly for constructing the facility, adding vocational training would be beneficial to the street children in the municipality.

Mr Appaw-Gyasi also inaugurated other projects in the municipality.

They are GHC170, 000  two-unit classroom block for the Sarkodie M/A Memorial Basic School, at Nsukwao, a two-unit Kindergarten, at  Ada Kyeremanteng, at the cost of GHC300,000.

The others are GHC1 million 40 stores for the Zongo Market, meat shop also at the Zongo Market, financed by Alhaji Yakubu, Chairman of the Koforidua Butchers Association.

Some of the beneficiaries of the projects, including market women, expressed their appreciation to the assembly for providing facilities to facilitate business.

FROM AMA TEKYIWAA AMPADU AGYEMAN, KOFORIDUA

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