The Paramount Chief of the Gbamkoni community under the Bunkprugu district of the Northern region has bemoaned the unhealthy conditions students at the various rural Senior High Schools (SHSs) study in the area.
According to Haruna Nasinmong Laar II, congestion of students at their dormitories exposes them to insecurity and health dangers. He said the students are at the mercy of the bad weather and infectious disease.
He cited the Wulugu Senior High School and the Bunkprugu Senior High School as examples where infrastructure is poor and does not promote teaching and learning.
“I just visited my son in one of the SHS and it was too pathetic. Our children, we are sending them to [school to] kill them, not to educate them. You will get to a dormitory [and there is] no louvre [for the windows]. The children are parked more than 20 or 30 in a particular dormitory. I think it is disheartening, [it will be good] if government can do something about that…I think government should sit-up,” he stated.
He continued: “Since education is one of the priorities of government and part of what the oil money is used to fund they should improve on it, other than that, our children will be suffering”.
Chief Haruna Nasinmong Laar II made this known to members of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, during a stakeholder forum at the Bunkprugu District Assembly.
He also lamented inadequate agricultural inputs provided under government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme which he said was affecting the farming activities of the inhabitants of his locality.
On his part, the Vice Chairman of PIAC, Dr Thomas Kojo Stephens encouraged the citizenry to serve as watchdogs over developmental projects in the area especially those being funded from the country’s oil revenue.
He entreated the public to alert the committee when they suspect nonexistence of projects earmarked to be executed in their localities for further probe.