Ebusuapanyin Kweku Okanta, an elder of the Swedru traditional authority, has cut the sod for the construction of a GHc800,000 ultra-modern Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Centre and a library complex for Agona Swedru to facilitate the studying of ICT.
The project, initiated by the Swedruman Council, would be financed through fund-raising during the Akwambo festival, contributions from individuals, corporate bodies and support by the residents.
Ebusuapanyin Okanta said the project was dear to the heart of Swedruman and that the chiefs were determined to ensure that the pupils and students in the area become computer literate.
He said this year’s Akwabo festival, which comes off on August 10 to 19 would be used to raise funds to support the project, while appealing to citizens of the area, individuals and corporate bodies to contribute their quota.
Mr Samuel Kingsley Eduful, the Akwambo Planning Committee Secretary said the provision of the ICT centre and the library complex would be one of the solutions to the challenges facing pupils and students and would create an opportunity for them to improve their academic performance.
He said the Agona West Assembly and the Akwambo Committee have teamed up to bring the project to fruition so that it becomes a model in the Central Region and entreated the residents of Agona Swedru to honour their Akwambo levies.
Nana Kweku Esieni, the Nifahene of Agona Swedru and Chairman of the Swedruman Educational Committee, said the project would bring a lasting solution to computer studies by the pupils and students in the area.
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He expressed the hope that after the completion of the projects the JHS candidates would not struggle to pass ICT examinations.
Nana Esieni urged the Akwambo Planning Committee to work hard to ensure the success of the festival, and that, the Swedruman Council of Chiefs would back it to implement all policies and programmes.
Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive, in speech read on her behalf by Mr Maxwell Botsie, Water and Sanitation Engineer of Agona West Assembly, praised the chiefs for their initiative to construct the ICT centre and library complex.
She assured of the Assembly’s support for the project to enhance teaching and learning of ICT in the area.