The Adaklu District Assembly has paid in full, the registration fee for all candidates writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination in the District.
The Assembly with support from Mr Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for the area was also organising vacation classes for the candidates at the cost of GH¢20,000.00 to improve its BECE records.
Mr. Phanuel Kadey Donkor, Adaklu District Chief Executive (DCE) disclosed this at the second session of the Adaklu District Assembly meeting at Adaklu Waya.
Similar strategies last year pushed the District to top the BECE table in the Volta Region with over 80 per cent.
The DCE said the investment was for the District to maintain its position and make Adaklu the cradle of education in the Region and called on parents to support the commitment of the Assembly to education and ensure that children were in school.
Mr Donkor said the Assembly last year generated a total revenue of GH¢296,732.89 representing 96 per cent of its projected revenue of GH¢310, 400.60.
He said the situation was getting worse with only GH¢42, 481.00 generated in the first quarter of this year, representing 15 per cent of its revenue target and charged members and staff of the Assembly to redouble efforts at revenue generation.
Mr Donkor said the Assembly had started the cultivation of two and five acres each of coconut and cashew out of its 20-acre land to boost internally generated fund.
He said 316 and 296 people from 24 communities in the district benefited two payment cycles totally GH¢49,554.00 in the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, which had been expanded to cover 502 people from 30 communities.
The DCE said GH¢26, 500.00 of the Disability Fund was also disbursed to 62 people with various disabilities in the first quarter of 2018.
He said contract for the four district water project including; Adaklu had been signed and that a delegation from the contractors, Australia Strabag had visited the District and would soon start work on the project.
Mr. Donkor said Dzakpo, Adkakpokofe and Amuzudeve would benefit from mechanised borehole project to be powered by Solar panel with a water tank.
He said the Assembly had formed a task force to get rid of “the menace of Chinese Jackpots” and that seven of the boxes were seized in three communities with four operators arrested.
Togbe Gbogbi Atsa V, Paramount Chief of Adaklu in an address delivered on his behalf lauded the Assembly for the role it played in the District topping the Region in the 2017 BECE and called on all stakeholders to help maintain the position.
Mr Agbodza said education remained the surest way to reduce poverty and open up the District for development and called for support of all.