14 January 2013

Ghana: Volta GNAT Mourns Late Regional Minister

The Volta Region branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has expressed the hope that ongoing infrastructure projects in schools in the region would be completed early and other infrastructure development projects initiated in fulfillment of the wish of the late Regional Minister to address the difficulties schools face in terms of poor infrastructure.

Volta Regional GNAT Secretary, Mr. Linus Attey, who made the appeal during a visit of the regional executives of the Association to the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) where he signed the book of condolence opened for the late Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel, said the willingness of the Minister to promote education would never be forgotten.

Mr. Attey said the late Minister had shown great interest in educational matters, noting that within the short period he served the region, Mr. Kamel demonstrated his willingness to enhance education as he committed enough time to interact with the executives of GNAT and some teachers to deliberate on how to advance education in the region.

The Volta GNAT Secretary recalled the efforts made by the late Regional Minister to ensure that all school infrastructure projects were completed on time, which culminated in a number of completed infrastructure projects for schools in the region and stressed that his death was a great loss to the people.

Mr. Attey said Mr. Kamel had promised to work closely with the executives of GNAT to ensure that the poor academic performance by schools at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) become history, and said even though the late Minister could not live long to bring his expertise to bear on education in schools, particularly at the basic level, GNAT would continue to play its role to promote education in the region.

He said one of the greatest achievements of the late Regional Minister was his efforts to start the University of Allied Health Sciences, which the GNAT Regional Secretary pointed out would remain very historic in the history of the region, because it was the only state University ever to be established in the region.

Mr. Attey also observed that the late Minister was approachable and listened to the people at all times and urged teachers to enter the new year with a new spirit that would enhance the academic performance of schools particularly at the BECE level as the late Minister wished before his untimely death.

In a related development, the Paramount chief of the Ziavi traditional area, Togbega Koku Ayim III, who is also a retired educationist, signed the book of condolence in honour of the late Minister said Mr. Kamel was dynamic in his administration, as he really showed commitment to the total transformation of the region, in terms of development.

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