First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, last Friday cut sod for the commencement of the construction of educational and accommodation facilities for alleged witches and children at the Gambaga camp.
Mrs Mahama pledged during the campaign for the 2012 general elections, to facilitate the provision of a decent accommodation and education facilities for the Gambaga witch camp.
“Today, I am here to fulfil that promise,” she said
The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), is financing the construction of a demonstration block with offices and dormitories; a single storey hostel with additional facilities and a six- unit classroom block for the proposed Gambaga Women’s Training Institute.
The projects will be completed in two (2) years.
According to the First Lady, “fulfilment of this promise is in line with the commitment of the President to expand access to education, especially at the pre-tertiary level and particularly for the girl-child.”
Mrs Mahama called for the respect of the fundamental rights and dignity of women, since they have a lot to contribute to society.
“I am convinced that women have a lot to contribute to the life of our societies. A woman’s dignity and fundamental rights must therefore be respected.”
She reiterated that “education and skills development are very important tools for national development. The neglect of any segment of society will only retard the development of any nation.”
Mrs Mahama further advised the women to make good use of the facilities after completion. The women will be provided with skills and loans to start and expand their businesses.
“Let me urge the women in this area to make good use of the facilities after their completion. We would ensure that women are trained and provided with various skills and supported with small loans to start and expand their businesses.”
“I will ensure that provision is made in this Institute for women who do not have formal education to acquire skills in various vocations. This ultimately will empower the women to contribute meaningfully to the development of the area.”
The First Lady donated assorted food items and clothing to the elderly women in the camp.
She appealed to traditional leaders, opinion leaders and all the influential persons in the area to offer the needed support towards making the initiative a success.
Mrs Mahama impressed upon the contractors the projects to ensure that they do quality work and complete the projects on schedule.
She was accompanied by the regional Minister, Mr Bede Zendeng, his deputy, Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini, the deputy national women’s organiser of the NDC, Hajia Zaiynab Mahama and other government officials.