November 4, 2013

Over 1,000 students in the Nabdam Constituency of the Upper East Region who could not afford to pay their school fees have applied for the Member of Parliament Common Fund.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency at Nangodi after touring the area Mr Boniface Gambila, the Member of Parliament for the area, said he was overwhelmed by the large number of applicants.

He said parents of students seeking admission to senior high schools were expected to pay at least 600 Ghana cedis but found it difficult to pay due to the poverty in the area, hence the pressure on the Fund.

Mr Gambilla said the government had paid the MP Common Fund for the first quarter of 2013, leaving the second and third quarters and this would prevent the MPs from assisting more students.

The MP, who visited five cluster zones of his constituency comprising 41 polling stations, explained to his constituents what pertained in Parliament and also in turn noted their concerns.

He assured them that one of his top priorities was education and that he would explore other means to support students including organizing holiday classes for them.

On portable water, Mr Gambila said he would help to provide more portable water to areas that lacked it and also lobby to ensure that the road are improved.

He told the people that under the Rural Electrification Project, he would ensure that all communities in the constituency are connected to the national grid.

“I will help in the creation of more jobs by lobbying for support to construct more dams in the area to enable the people, particularly the teeming youth, go into dry season farming. I will also fight to ensure that government releases funds to the District Assembly to accelerate development”, the MP said.

The MP donated a cow to each of the five cluster zones and bags of rice and drinks.