By Alfred K Dogbey, Juapong
Founder and leader of the United Renaissance Party (URP), Charles Kofi Wayo, last Sunday, June 8, came to the rescue of Doffor Addidome L/A Primary and Junior High School (JHS) in the North Tongu District, when he facilitated the transport of abandoned dual desks, meant for school children.
The desks, which were to be distributed to basic schools in the district including; Doffor Addidome L /A Primary and JHS students, have been left at the District Assembly, because the assembly was said to have no funds to transport the desks to the children.
This unfortunate situation, led to the furniture been left under the vagaries of the weather for months at the Assembly, whilst the stranded poor children, were forced to perch with their colleagues or study on the floor.
The students’ plight, continued until last Sunday’s surprise visit by Mr. Wayo; the maverick politician and philanthropist, who was in the district to inspect some educational projects he had embarked upon.
The cash donation to move the furniture to the school children, was warmly received by the chief of Doffor Traditional Area, Togbui Mankralo Agbohla VI and Prince Zao, an Assemblyman of the area, as well as some notable elders in the community.
According to them, several efforts to convince the assembly led, by their District Chief Executive (DCE), Madam Delphia Fafa Agbai, to assist the community and the school to convey the furniture to the children proved futile.
They wished, the desks had come earlier to relieve the school children from their plight, because three and in some case four students share a desk.
They were, however, grateful to Mr. Wayo for coming to their aid.
Efforts by The Herald to contact the DCE for her reaction to the claims by the chief and his elders were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, ‘Chuck Wayo’, as he is popularly called, also donated an amount of money towards the completion of a Police Station, which has been built for almost eight year.
Togbui Agbohla VI and his elders, who met Mr. Wayo and his entourage in the chief’s palace, told this paper that the police are not using the facility, despite the increasing crime rate, especially theft in the area, because it was incomplete.
They disclosed that their former Member of Parliament (MP), Charles Hodogbey, initiated the construction of the police Station using his Common Fund, but was abondoned.
Most people The Herald interviewed, expressed deep concerns about the deprived condition of the area in spite of the countless promises made to them by their political leaders.
Chuck Wayo, who had hinted of doing more projects, assured the people of the communities he visited that he would not renege on fighting for their interest, particularly the educational needs of their children who are his main concern as a political leader.
North Tongu District is one of the twenty five (25) Municipalities and Districts in the Volta Region of Ghana. It has its Administrative capital at Battor Dugame, which was carved from present day Central Tongu; part of the new districts and municipalities created in 2012.