The former Deputy Minister of Education cum Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has instituted the Ghana’s first ever and ultramodern Furniture and Footwear Bank at Battor-Dugame, the District Capital of the North Tongu District Assembly.
The new project was commissioned and handed over by the North Tongu Constituency Member of Parliament popularly known as Togbe Worgbedzi I at a short and colourful ceremony held at the premises of Battor Roman Catholic (RC) Primary School on Friday, 31st December, 2021.
Available records to Coverghana.com.gh confirmed that the project is the first ever Furniture and Footwear Bank initiative in the Volta Region and Ghana since independence.
In a brief address, Honourable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa explained that, the North Tongu District will be gauranteed all year supply of constant Furniture and Footwear so far as he remains the MP for the area.
Mr. Ablakwa added that, the purpose of the intervention is to establish a Furniture and Footwear Bank that will constantly stores at least 5,000 pieces of furniture and over 2,000 footwear with varying sizes for kids of all ages within his Constituency yearly.
Explaining the purpose of the initiative to his constituents, the MP said, the project is a total all year round elimination of no Furniture Syndrome in public schools and ensuring not a single child in remote villages in North Tongu walk to school bearfooted again.
According to him, every child in his Constituency deserves the best livelihood and he is doing his possible best to achieve that.
“It is refreshing to note that this has been largely a North Tongu local content driven initiative from the metal fabrication, furniture production and footwear supplies. I am enormously proud of Aveyime- based Amuga Metal Works, Borlor Shoes of Mepe and Dodzi Carpentry in Battor.” He said.
The Member of Parliament who is focused on transforming the phase of Education and supporting the vulnerable in his Constituency and beyond said, the North Tongu is the only Furniture and Footwear Bank in Ghana and has therefore appealed to Non Governmental Organization (NGOs), Philanthropists, citizens etc. who desire and believe in the development of the constituency can donate to the Bank for onward distribution to beneficiary schools and kids.
He disclosed that, about 80% of the Footwear are made in Ghana, where all materials for the construction of the furniture are locally made, an initiative to patrionage locally made goods and to also support local canpanies and industries.
Mr. Ablakwa further said, he is of course, absolutely proud of the team of sharp, dedicated volunteers who mobilized footwear donations from the national capital, amounting to some 30% of total available shoes for free distribution. “We are eternally indebted to all donors.”
“I am happy to acknowledge Mr. Tonyi Senayah of Horseman Shoes who reached out on his own volition and pledged a generous partnership with our footwear component moving into the near future.”
Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa noted that, “It is deeply humbling to establish that our model allows for North Tongu to now have a constant store of thousands of furniture and footwear for free distribution to those who need them all-year-round. The “no-furniture-syndrome” and the unacceptable sight of vulnerable kids walking barefooted to school would now be a phenomenon of the past.”
This project was the MP’s last intervention programme for the people of his beloved North Tongu Constituency in 2021 to seal his industrious projects and interventions within the area.
The people of North Tongu, Chiefs, etc. are much appreciative to their hardworking Member of Parliament for his generosity and kindness.