Teenage Pregnancies In Ahanta Worrying

The
Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove in the Western, Obrempong Hima Dekyi, has
expressed concern
over the increasing rate
of teenage pregnancy
in the area.

He
has, therefore, called for concerted efforts by the traditional leaders and
other stakeholders to help curb the situation.

“Our
girls have all become teenage mothers. If you look at the teenage pregnancy
rates in the region, Ahanta West had been on the lead for four good years. Are
we happy about this result? Where lies the future for these young ones? he
quizzed.

Obrempong
Hima Dekyi stated this at a meeting of traditional leaders of Ahanta at Busua
in the region.

The
meeting was in honour of the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere
Darko-Mensah, who was in the area for a day’s visit.

The
chief blamed some of his colleagues for the problem because they have allegedly
refused to invest in the education of the youth but rather prefer to use their
resources on litigations.

“Our
youth have become drug addicts. If there is any kind of development, let us
invest in the education of our youth because without education we are lost.

The
money we are spending on litigations in court could be used to educate our
children. So we are the cause of the mess,” he added.

He
continued, “Don’t let us behave like ostriches. We have sold our lands
indiscriminately and now we have become beggars in our own back yard.

The
chief enumerated some challenges confronting the people, which include the
deplorable roads in the municipality.

Mr.
Okyere Darko-Mensah urged the chiefs and residents to support the government’s
flagship programmes like ‘planting for food and jobs’, ‘one district one
factory’ and ‘planting for export and rural development’, among others.

The
former Deputy Aviation Minister told the chiefs that plans were afoot to build
an international airport in the Ahanta West Municipality, which would help
boost the local economy.

He, however, expressed dissatisfaction about the poor sanitation situation in the municipality and appealed to the chiefs to collaborate with assembly to improve the situation.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Busua



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