Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, has said the construction of the Millennium City School projects in Accra is a manifestation of the Better Ghana Agenda.
He said this was in fulfillment of the promises made by the Late President Atta Mills to ensure quality education at the basic level in the country.
Dr Vanderpuije said this to refute claims by the opposition that the government has failed to implement the Better Ghana Agenda.
He said this when he cut the sod for the construction of another 18-classroom block of a Millennium City School at Gbegbeyisei in the Ablekuma South District, at a cost of 2.9 million Ghana cedis.
According to him, the country’s economic problems could not be placed on the doorstep of a particular government, saying: “If we want to remedy the economic direction of the country, then we need to give our children better education and equip them with skills.”
He said President Dramani Mahama had also expressed the commitment to ensure that: “our children get better education to enable them to become entrepreneurs and engineers.”
The Accra Mayor praised the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for supporting the project, which is expected to be completed within a year.
He said the project will provide assistance to the children free transportation daily from Gbegbeyisie to attend the Dansoman Millennium City School to pave way for the project.
Dr Vanderpuije gave the assurance that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly would provide the children with special feeding programme at the Dansoman School.
Mrs Rosetta Sackey, Metropolitan Education Director, said the 18-classroom block, when completed, would open an opportunity for the children to perform better and commended AMA for this wonderful gesture.
Nii Adotey Kanflah, Chief of Gbegbeyisei, who offered the land for the project, expressed his gratitude to the Accra Mayor and Government for seeing the need to help the deprived community with educational facilities.