The Paramount Chief of Twifo Mampong Traditional Council who doubled as Council of State member and Vice President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs Obrimpong Appiah-Nuamah II is appealing to government to construct at least one Vocational Technical School in the traditional area to facilitate second cycle education in the area. According to him, there is no single secondary school in the entire traditional area. He bemoaned government neglect of the traditional area as the area doesn’t not have social amenities such as clinic, markets and roads yet they form about eighty percent of the population of Twifo Ati-Morkwa District. He further said because they don’t have health facility, whenever they are sick they go to seek treatment at Twifo Oil Palm Plantation clinic, they are always treated last because they had to attend to those at TOPP before they are given treatment. The traditional council has renovated a structure yet to be used as clinic to serve the health needs of the people. The Paramount Chief is appealing to government to come to their aid with health facility equipment and logistics to make the structure function as health facility. Obrimpong Appiah-Nuamah made the appeal at the climax of re-introduction of Twifo Guakro Odwira Festival which has not been celebrated for the past thirty-four years.
Some citizens of Twifo Mampong traditional area who spoke to Kafui Justice of Adom News also added their voice to the request made by the Paramount Chief Obrimpong Appiah-Nuamah II. They are also pleading with government to build school for them because of absence of secondary school, parents had to look for funds to send their wards to second cycle schools elsewhere. They are sometimes not able to attend their wards PTA meetings because of lack of funds. If the schools are closer to them they will only need to walk to attend PTA meetings.
The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Yaw Agyei Baffoe praised the traditional council for the re-introduction of Twifo Guakro Odwira Festival which has not been celebrated for over thirty-four years to foster development. He commended the traditional council for choosing education and sanitation as the theme for the celebration. According to the Deputy Regional Minister, education and sanitation is a priority to the Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan to the extend that, he has institute an evaluation and award scheme to promote quality standard of education and sanitation in the region.
He pledged his support to liaise with government to work on the request for the construction of Vocational/Technical School in the traditional area. He also used the occasion to caution small miners to police each other in other not allow illegal miners to get back into the mining sector to compel government to crack the whip again.
The District Chief Executive for Twifo Ati-Morkwa Agyeamang Nyantakyi Robert used the celebration to commend government decision to place barn on illegal mining which has virtually destroyed our water bodies and arable lands. Chiefs supported government with their powers to fight against illegal mining. Government has lifted the barn which was place on illegal mining to give way to small scale miners who documentation have been vetted and approved. Agyeamang Nyantakyi Robert used the occasion to appeal to those who have been giving opportunity to go back to work to employ the youth to get some work to do to earn income. He is soliciting the continuous support from Ghanaians especially chiefs to police the mining sector.