Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Nunoo-Mensah Builds Nurses Quarters, School for two communities
From Edmund Mingle, Agona
Brigadier General (Rtd) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, Presidential Security Advisor, has urged Ghanaians to choose selfless leaders who promote the interest of the nation, and not those who want power to amass wealth.
“We need selfless leaders who will put the interests of the people above their own and work to seek their wellbeing,” he stressed.
The retired military officer made the call at the inauguration of a six unit classroom block and a nurses’ quarters he built for Agona Nsaba and Agona Kwanyako respectively, both in the Central region on Friday.
According to him, what Ghanaians desired most were politicians who would improve their living standards, and not those who would exploit them to amass wealth.
“The essence of seeking political power is to serve the people and make life better for them,” he said, regretting that many politicians were not interested in serving the people, but only seek their personal interests.
“How can we in this country claim to be devout Muslims or Christians while many of our brothers and sisters live in such deprived conditions. There is no excuse for the poverty in a country like Ghana that is endowed with so much wealth,” he said.
Touching on the threats of violence, the Security Advisor, asked all political parties to ensure that their campaign activities were conducted in a peaceful manner.
“Let no political adventurer test the resolve of this administration to deal with anyone who will attempt to subvert the peace and stability of out dear nation,” he warned.
Explaining the basis on which he undertook the two projects, Brig-Gen Nunoo-Mensah, said it was his contribution towards improving conditions in deprived communities.
He said although he did not hail from the two beneficiary areas, he found it critical that communities in need must be supported irrespective one’s religion or ethnic background.
The two projects, which are geared at aiding the development of the communities, were inaugurated by former President, Flt. Lt. (rtd)Jerry John Rawlings, who commended Brig-Gen Nunoo-Mensah for the patriotic and selfless gesture that is worth emulating by all.
The nurses’ quarters is aimed at providing quality accommodation for health workers at the Agona Kwanyako Health Centre to ensure the centre operate a 24-hour service.
It comes with a lot of relief for the nurses who hitherto had to travel long distances to and from the health centre, the only health facility serving thousands in Kwanyako and other 52 surrounding towns and villages.
The six-unit primary classroom block, built for the Agona Nsaba Zongo community primary school, is aimed at providing quality education infrastructure to enhance access to education, as well as improve the quality of teaching and learning in the area.
The various speakers the two events, were full of commendations for Brig-General Nunoo-Mensah, who used his own resources and mobilised funds from other individuals and corporate bodies to undertake the projects.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Nuhu Osman Sharabutu, particularly thanked the security advisor for the immense support in building a school for a Muslim community, although he is a Christian.
“We are excited that such benevolent Ghanaians still exit,” he said, and prayed for Allah’s guidance and protection for the retired military officer.
At the inauguration of the nurses’ quarters, Nana Ampem Darko V, Chief of Agona Kwanyako, described the completion of the project as miracle because the quest for a staff bungalow for the health centre, which was built by the community, had been longstanding.