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15.05.2004 General News

Akuafo Hall launches 80 million-cedi washing bay project

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Accra, May 15, GNA - The Akuafo Hall of the University of Ghana on Saturday launched an 80-million-cedis washing bay facility project with an appeal to all alumni, individuals and benevolent organisations to contribute financially towards its success.

The project, the first of its kind at the university, was the initiative of the executive committee of the Junior Common Room (JCR) to provide decent and hygienic washing environment for the students, thereby improving the deteriorating sanitation conditions of the hall. When completed, students of the hall would no longer wash their clothing at such areas as bathhouses, verandas and the lawns, where stagnant waters are left to breed mosquitoes.

Mrs Hanna Tetteh-Kpodar, Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu-Senya Constituency, commended the executive committee of the hall for thinking beyond their academic and immediate interests to initiate a project that would serve the needs of every member of the hall, including those to be admitted in future. She advised them to target, especially, the alumni of the hall in their quest to source for fund for the project. The MP pledged 500,000 cedis in support of the venture.

Mr George Isaac Amoo, MP for Ayawaso West Constituency, expressed the hope that other halls would emulate the Akuafo initiative. He donated 10 million cedis towards the project.

Dr James Kwaku Brukum, Vice Hall Master of Akuafo, who made a pledge of 500,000 cedis, lauded the executives for their exemplary leadership, which he said had brought peace, unity and development of the hall. He said unlike other halls where there had been confrontation between students and their hall masters, students and masters at Akuafo had lived and worked in harmony over the past six years.

Nana Kwasi Adjei Bohyen Asubonteng, a former chief farmer (1993/4), advised the students to take their learning seriously to enable them to achieve their desired ambition. He pledged one million cedis towards the project. In an address read on her behalf, Mrs Theresa Kufuor, the First Lady, said the initiative was "long overdue," and that it needed the support of everyone.

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