OFFICIAL SOD CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICE COMPLEX FOR LEKMA EDUCATION DIRECTORATE.

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WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON. DANIEL A. MENSAH, MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE LEDZOKUKU-KROWOR MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL SOD CUTTING CEREMONY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICE COMPLEX FOR LEKMA GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE (GES) BY UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID) ON MAY 3, 2012 AT 10:00 AM.

  • Nii Chairman
  • Hon. Minister for Education
  • Your Excellency the U.S. Ambassador
  • His Excellency Member of the Council of State
  • Hon. Regional Minister
  • Hon. Members of Parliament
  • The Mission Director of USAID
  • Nii Mei Ke Naa Mei
  • Hon. Presiding Member
  • Hon. Assembly Members
  • The Municipal Co-ordinating Director
  • Directors of Education and Staff
  • Heads of Department
  • School Pupils Present
  • Friends from the Media
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

I feel highly honoured not only to be part of this morning’s programme but more particularly to be given the opportunity to formerly welcome you all to this function. It is quite commendable that you have turned out in your numbers to make this ground-breaking ceremony a grand occasion.

I am really delighted that at long last our dream to have a new Office for the Education Directorate has been realized.

Nii-Chairman,

Let me on behalf of the Ledzokuku – Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) express gratitude and appreciation to the following bodies:

a) The Government of the United States of America (U.S.A.) for providing a grant of $19.8 million to assist the Government of Ghana improve Education delivery in the country;

b) The Hon. Minister for Education and the Ghana Education Service for selecting the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly as one of the beneficiaries for the grant;

c) The Maranatha Power Ministries for the release of this land for the project as well as Assembly Members and other Officials who through diverse ways contributed towards the realization of this dream.

You have all played a significant role towards the attainment of this singular objective. Ayekoo to you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen, since Education brings change and drives development through the awareness that it creates, the Assembly has since 2009 made the provision of educational infrastructure one of its priorities. We have annually committed over 35% of our resources towards improving education facilities in the Municipality, these includes provision of Classroom Blocks, Dormitories and furniture. We have also collaborated with Government on provision of Exercise Books, Uniforms to School Pupils, School Feeding Programme as well as provision of School Infrastructure, to mention but

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a few. Indeed the Assembly is presently catering for 2000 School Pupils under the School Feeding Programme with its own resources.

The vast investment we have put into education is for a good cause and aimed at providing quality education to our youth, who are the future leaders of this nation. Without qualit

y education, it will be difficult for the nation to achieve its development aspirations including the attainment of international goals such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially goals one (1), two (2) and six (6), which are children related issues.

Nii Chairman,

The number of people in the Municipality keeps increasing due to improved social facilities such as Roads. This trend however has had an effect on education facilities and the quality of education that we espoused for our youth. The increased population has resulted in large class sizes in the basic Schools, and this has affected discipline in our schools since the teachers are unable to have full control over the pupils. Teaching and learning suffer under this unconducive situation. This challenge not withstanding the Municipality placed 19th in the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) Performance (Score) Chart for the whole country.

To address this situation and ensure that pupils are provided the best education, effective supervision need to be put in place to monitor academic performance of both public and private schools. It is in this regard that this project has come at an opportune time since the Education Directorate is the only Department in the Assembly robed with the necessary authority to provide the critical function of supervising Schools, Teachers and Pupils as well as looking at their welfare.

This facility, when completed will ensure that adequate personnel are posted to the Municipality to provide the necessary manpower needs of the Education Department.

Hon. Minister, I believe when supervision and monitoring is strengthened in our schools, and people with the necessary competencies and skills are posted to work in the Municipality, the quality education that we espoused for our children will be realized.

I wish to assure all and sundry that LEKMA on its part will continue to provide the necessary infrastructural needs and support the welfare of Teachers whenever we are called upon. Indeed, because we have limited access to land we have started constructing high raising school blocks to enable us accommodate more school going children and also eliminate the shift system.

It is worth to note that education is a public good which needed the collective effort of all stakeholders such as Government, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Teachers, Opinion/Community Leaders, Parents and the students (pupils) themselves in ensuring high standard of education. It is abundantly clear that there is an urgent need for all stakeholders connected to education to put their

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shoulders to the wheel with the view to improve the standard of education.

Nii- Chairman, Hon. Minister, Your Excellency, the U. S. Ambassador, Ladies and Gentlemen, before I resume my seat, I once again welcome all of you to this Ground-Breaking Ceremony.

Thank you and May God Bless us all.

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