In an effort to help reduce the infrastructural deficit, especially in deprived communities, the Berekum Municipal Assembly of the Brong Ahafo Region has committed about GH₵608,751of its internally generated funds (IGF) into the construction of varied development projects in that area.
The projects dotted around the Municipality include classroom blocks, health facilities and bungalows. The beneficiary communities are Akatim, Kyereyawkrom, Nyamebekyere and Berekum Township among others.
Speaking at separate platforms to hand over the projects to the communities, the Municipal Chief Executive for Berekum, Mr. Kofi Adjei, said the Assembly is poised to meet the infrastructural needs of the people, saying: “We are working assiduously to replace all dilapidated school buildings in the Municipality to enhance teaching and learning”.
He added that last year the Assembly also voted about GH¢38,650 from its IGF coffers to support 73 brilliant but needy students and pupils in the form of scholarships and bursaries.
At Akatim a three-unit classroom block, constructed at the cost of GH¢187,039 was inaugurated for a Junior High School in the community. The project was started by the erstwhile administration. He pledged the current administration’s commitment to complete all ‘abandoned’ projects initiated by the previous government to fast-track development.
The Acting Chief of Akatim, Osofo Ransford Nkrumah, thanked government for constructing the school block, indicating that due to poor infrastructure most teachers have been refusing postings to the community. He appealed for provision of teachers’ quarters to house teachers who trek several kilometres every day to the community.
Meanwhile, a two-unit semi-detached nurses’ quarters constructed at the cost of GH¢179,761 was also handed over at Kyereyawkrom. Hitherto, the nurses at the Kyereyawkrom health facility had to travel about 12 kilometres from Biadan to work. The MCE reaffirmed government’s commitment to improving healthcare delivery in rural settings with the corresponding infrastructure.
The Odikro of Kyereyawkrom, Nana Kofi Kyere, commended government for projects initiated in the community, such as provision of a health facility and connecting the community to the national electricity grid. He pleaded with government to improve the road network connecting the farming community to the rest of the country, so farmers can cart their produce to market centres.