October 29, 2013

Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe, Member of Parliament for Okere, has commended the chiefs and people of Dawu-Akuapem for their self- help spirit over the years.

He said such attitude by the people had contributed to massive development in the community in the areas of education among others.

Mr Botwe therefore urged other communities to emulate such a spirit to bring development to their people rather than waiting for the government to provide their needs.

He was addressing the chiefs and people of Dawu at a durbar to climax this year’s Ohum Festival on Saturday.

Mr Botwe expressed concern about the continuous decline of academic performance of pupils at the basic level in the area in spite of all the interventions he had made since he became MP in 2009.

He reiterated his commitment to educational development and pledged that he would continue to channel more of his resources into the area until he sees improvement in the academic performance.

Mr Botwe commended the people of Dawu for setting up an education fund to support brilliant-but- needy children and teachers in the area.

He pledged to contribute GH¢4,000.00 annually into the fund and called on all citizens of Dawu both home and abroad to come and support the fund.

The MP later donated GH¢1,000.00 to support the fund-raising towards the construction of a community center.

Mr George Opare Addo, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Akuapem North, in an address read on his behalf, expressed worry about Ghanaian youth blindly copying foreign cultures and abandoning their own rich ones “all in the name of modernity.”

Nana Awuku Bram, the Regent of Dawu, appealed to parents and community members to relate well with teachers to ensure rapid improvement in the academic performance of the pupils “since the future of the community lies in the hands of the youth.”

He expressed worry about drug abuse, teenage pregnancies, armed robbery and others which had become societal headache.

Nana Bram therefore appealed to parents and all concerned citizens to help bring such societal menace to an end.