The chiefs and people of Agona Duakwa, have protested against the sod-cutting ceremony for the commencement of construction work on the President‘s free Senior High School (SHS) in the district at Namawura.
Nana Kojo Amoakwa the Fifth, Chief of Duakwa, who registered the protest on behalf of the people at a media briefing at Duakwa, said the protest has become necessary because the authorities have violated a resolution adopted in July last year by the Agona East District Assembly, to site a Community Senior High School at Agona Duakwa.
According to the Chief, 21 members of the Assembly voted in favour of the project to be sited at Agona Duakwa, while only three voted for its construction at Nawuara.
He recalled that the Assembly’s resolution was delivered to the office of the Minister of Education on August 6 last year, but on December 31, they had information that the Member of Parliament for Agona East, had planned to organize sod-cutting ceremony at Agona Namawura.
Nana Amoakwa said the MP’s attitude to change the site of the project from its original place, Duakwa to Namawura, could create trouble in future.
Nana Amoakwa said “being the overlord of lands at both Duakwa and Namawura, the MP should have shown respect to him, by just informing and explaining to him that the former decision on the project site has been reversed.
He said “no body was challenging or opposing Mrs Pokuaa Sawyer, the MP, who is also Deputy Central Regional Minister, but there must be decency.”
Nana Amoakwa disclosed that a petition was sent to the President on the project in September last year, but the people were yet to receive a response from the Presidency.
Mr Francis Duodu Addo, Agona East District Chief Executive, who performed the sod-cutting ceremony at Agona Namawura for the construction of the SHS, explained that the project has been sited at Namawura, because the government wants needy and under-privileged students in the area to benefit from secondary education.