By Dominic Frimpong (GIJ Student)
Residents of Asuoja – Asikasu in the New Juaben North Municipality in the Eastern region of Ghana, have expressed their displeasure over the lack of school in their community.
According to them, promises of developmental projects, have been made to them many times and nothing has been done about it.
The residents feel deceived by the constant promises that go unfulfilled and due to that, in the upcoming election, they would not cast their vote if measures are not put in place to build a school in their community.
In an interview with the Dademantse of Asuoja- Asikasu, Emmanuel Larweh Doku, he said, “because we do not have school buildings, children in my community walk about two and a half miles to go to school in the next community.”
He further stated that children in his community, if given the right to education as stated in the 1992 Constitution, would develop a positive attitude towards school.
According to the community Secretary, John Madji Akoto, during the 2020 elections, the aspiring member of Parliament in their constituency promised that when they vote for him, he would build a school in the community.
“We fell prey to his lies and voted him into power, later he came to the community executives to request land for the building of the school but to date, no single classroom block has been built,” he said.
Most of the children in the community are now school dropouts, because not all parents can afford the transportation fee from Asuoja- Asikasu to Jumako.
Sometimes, children return from school very late due to transportation issues. Commercial vehicles hardly come to the community because of the bad road.