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11.02.2010 Education

GH¢41,000 classroom block commissioned…for Heman-Buoho Junior High School

By Frank Mensah Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Through the commitment of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Afigya Kwabre, Mr. Kaakyire Oppong-Kyekyeku, coupled with the perseverance of the Assembly Member of the Ntiri-Buoho electoral area, Mr. John Arthur, alias Abe Kumasi, as well as the intervention of Otumfuo's Gyasehene, Nana Buabasa Opoku Frefre III, a GH¢41,000 three-unit classroom block, an office, and a store, have been completed and commissioned for the local Junior High School at Heman-Buoho in the Afigya Kwabre district of the Ashanti Region.

Commissioning the classroom block last Friday, Nana Buabasa Opoku Frefre III promised to solicit the assistance of the Otumfuo Education Fund, for the supply of text books and furniture to the school.

Nana Buabasa, who is the overlord of Heman stool lands, and head of the Gyase Division of the Kumasi Traditional Council, also promised to release parcels of land for projects, including a senior high school, hospital and police station in the town, and that he would not rest on his oars in his quest to bring development to the area.

He urged parents to send their wards to school to complement efforts by the Asantehene to promote education throughout Asanteman, and advised teachers to give off their best to warrant the sacrifices in providing the required infrastructure.

He commended the Assembly Member for his efforts at providing the educational needs of the people.

According to him, but for the instrumentality and persistence of the Assembly Member, the project would not have taken off at all.

Before the assumption of office as an Assembly Member, the community had no school, until he decided to mobilise the children to establish a primary school for the community.

The District Chief Executive for Afigya Kwabre asked the people to see the commissioning of the school as a turning point in their lives to promote education, and enhance further the development of the area.

He gave the assurance that the Assembly would soon provide a GH¢9,100 Kumasi Improved Ventilation Pit (KVIP) and urinals for the school, as well as a workshop for the Heman-Buoho Centre of the National Vocational Training Institute to benefit from a package by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID).

The Afigya Kwabre Assembly, according to the DCE, was compelled to take up the construction of a four-classroom block for the centre, in order not to lose the opportunity of accessing the AECID support.

According to him, the Assembly's assistance to the project would go a long way to strengthen Ghana-Spain ties, and boost the relationship between the two countries.

The Headmaster of the school, Mr. Akuoko Sarpong, on behalf of the seven members of the teaching staff, assured all stakeholders that they would give off their best to raise the standards of education in the area.

He also called for co-operation between teachers and parents, to ensure the smooth upbringing of the students.

The Assembly Member for the Ntiri-Buoho electoral area, Mr. John Arthur, alias Abe Kumasi, commended the DCE for living up to his word to see to the completion of the project in three months, and appealed to the Assembly to give attention to the road network in the community.

Mr. Arthur also appealed to the Assembly to supply one more transformer to augment power supply in the area.

He expressed appreciation to Nana Buabasa, who presided over the arbitration of the land dispute which nearly brought the project to a standstill, and ensured that the litigating parties saw reason.

Mr. Kofi Boakye, alias Zimbo, who chaired the commissioning of the project, appealed to the citizens to contribute towards the construction of a six classroom block to accommodate the local primary school, which is being run in rented premises.

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