Thank you, Mr Speaker, for
giving me the opportunity to make a Statement about this new constituency, which is crying out loud for help. The constituents require assurances from the long period of seeming neglect that has characterised the district ever since its joint creation with Zabzugu District from
Mr Speaker, Tatale/Sanguli District was carved out of the former Zabzugu/ Tatale District in 2011 and officially inaugurated on June 28, 2012 with Tatale as its capital town. The district is located in the eastern flank of the Northern Region and covers an area of about 1,166 sq. kilometres, shares border with the Republic of Togo to the east, Zabzugu District to the west, Nanumba North and South and Nkwanta District to the south and Saboba District to the north.
Mr Speaker, there has been three Members of Parliaments for the joint Zabzugu/Tatale constituency since its creation to date.
For the first 16 years, Tatale town did not see a single project or any development on its two mile stretch road through the town which has remained eroded, bumpy and untarred. The only tangible assets Tatale town can show for, is the E.P. Agricultural Senior High School started by the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and a health centre.
Mr Speaker, as for the surrounding towns and villages, nothing tangible has happened there except a couple of health centres, clinics and CHPS compounds. Sheini town, where I lived for a long time has not got a single project, even a place of convenience. This is the town which boasts of the largest iron ore deposits in this country.
Fortunately, the new district capital Tatale's Health Centre has now been designated as a hospital, with one ambulance. Unfortunately, there is not a single doctor for the whole district as of now.
Mr Speaker, where two towns share a district, one of them suffers in terms of developments and this is what Tatale has been experiencing for all these years in spite of its population density and commercial appeal.
Tatale is a border town, close to Togo but all the local service posts, such as the CEPS, Ghana Immigration Service, et cetera located at the border have been neglected and are in a state of disrepair, compared with the much developed service posts in Togo. This situation of neglect faced by Tatale, replicates itself in the other small towns that fall within the Tatale/Sanguli District as a whole.
Mr Speaker, with a total population of about 61,000, the district needs a senior high school with the relevant infrastructural services. The high school which started with only 57 students in 1998 now has a population of 977 with 602 boys and 375 girls, an environment which can be described as “not good for serious academic work”.
At the moment, there are 24 teachers in the school, all housed within one building, engendering serious over- crowding.
Although the school is housed under a 50- acre land, only 6 acres have been developed for school accommodation and offices, on what could be described humorously as “school under trees” with the type of building built on it. A four-unit classroom block built by the District Assembly is not wired and therefore, has no electricity, rendering the classroom unusable for studies at night.
The school has just rented an eight- room house for use by the boys as a
dormitory out of the total population of 602, while a GETFund project for a similar facility for the girls started by the then Zabzugu/Tatale District has remained at a standstill till date.
Mr Speaker, the school needs, at least, four classroom blocks to serve the increasing students population; a new accommodation block for teachers; a new bungalow to house the new enterprising headteacher; a new assembly hall to house important school gatherings and put a stop to holding subsequent meetings under trees.
The school is grateful for the bus donated under the GETFund project, although old as it is, it has become too expensive to maintain. The school could do with a new pickup to serve the head- teacher and also do minor school errands in place of the bus which has to be dragged to do such simple tasks.
The school is scheduled to become a boarding svchool and as such, the need has arisen for a kitchen and dining hall facilities to be provided. Also to be built are separate toilet facilities for boys and girls rather than both sexes competing for the use of only one four-seater toilet as is the case now.
Mr Speaker, while school remains grateful for the 24 computers donated by the former Member of Parliament, the current wave of ICT learning and knowledge acquisition makes it imperative to expand the facilities together with the use of internet service to increase the ICT knowledge of the students.
Mr Speaker, my visits to the constituency in late March and late May revealed that about two thousand children in some communities are completely deprived of an opportunity of going to school due to factors such as: