Mr Samuel Sarpong, Central Regional Minister, has inaugurated two projects, a teachers’ resource centre and a three-unit teacher’s quarters at Apam.
As part of his familiazation tour in the Gomoa West District, Mr Sarpong, accompanied by his Deputy, Mrs Queenstar Maame Pokuaa Sawyerr, also paid courtesy calls on the two paramount chiefs at Gomoa Assin and Gomoa Ajumako.
He also met assembly members and heads of decentralised departments at Apam.
At Gomoa Assin, Obrifo Ahunako Ahor Ankobea II, Paramount Chief of Gomoa Akyempim, called on the citizenry to be self-reliant and not to depend on government for all their needs.
He said the attitude where the citizenry depended on Government for all their needs resulted in under development of some communities as the Government alone could not do everything.
The Paramount Chief appealed to the Government to rehabilitate the major roads in the district.
Obrifo Ankobea commended the Minister of Roads and Highways on his decision not to award new road contracts until all roads awarded had been completed and the contractors paid.
At Gomoa Ajumako, the Paramount Chief, Obrempong Nyanful Krampah IX, appealed to the Government to increase the allowance being paid to paramount chiefs as the current GH¢ 150.00 was woefully inadequate considering their numerous responsibilities.
He appealed to the Regional Minister to help the traditional council to resolve the land dispute between it and the people of Effutu to enable them to get back their land at Winneba Junction.
Mr Sarpong expressed concern about the numerous litigation in the region, adding that a report on a survey conducted recently, indicated that the Central Region tops in litigation and said that did not augur well for development and appealed to the chiefs to help reverse the trend.
He said any metropolitan, municipal, or district chief executive in the region who would lord his or her authority over chiefs would be sanctioned.
Mr Sarpong later inaugurated a three-unit teachers quarters built by the assembly for Apam Senior High School at a cost of GH¢ 8,000 with the District Development Fund.
He also inaugurated a Teachers Resource Centre equipped with 20 computers built by Urban Poverty Development Project, Social Investment Fund and the Gomoa West District Assembly at a cost of GH¢70,000.
He advised the students to take their Information and Communication Technology studies seriously as people without computer knowledge would have no place in the modern world.
The Regional Minister expressed satisfaction at the unity that existed between the assembly members, the district chief executive and the traditional rulers, which has led to execution of more projects to promote the Better Ghana Agenda.