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General News of Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Maintenance will prolong life of development projects - Kufuor

A Former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, has advised Ghanaians to cultivate a maintenance culture to help prolong the span of development projects in the country.

The eagerness to get projects done is not the only issue, but the plan and the willingness to maintain them are a missing link in the development process.

Mr Kufuor gave this charge in a speech read on his behalf at the commissioning of an ultra-modern washroom facility for the students of Christ the King International School (CKIS) in Accra.

The facility

The facility, valued at GHC560,000 and funded by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school, is to reduce the pressure on the toilets in the school.

The two-storey structure comprises 40 washrooms, with bathrooms for the pupils to wash down after practical academic activities.

Former President Kufour, therefore, advised the management of the school to put in place proper maintenance plans to ensure its long use.

“The importance of a facility is not how you use it, but how you maintain it,” he said.

He presented a cheque for GH¢5,000 to the school to purchase detergents and other antiseptics to clean the facility.

Other projects

The Chairman of the PTA, Mr Godwin Agianab, underscored the need to ensure that the needs of the students were met in time.

He said since the establishment of the school, there had not been any major addition to the available facilities and that had put pressure on the limited resources, meanwhile the population of the students kept increasing every year.

“The school started with primary one to six and now the school has the junior high section, which calls for more infrastructural development to occupy the additional population,” he said.

Mr Agianab added that the PTA would undertake other projects to support the school.

Appeal and dedication

The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Veronica Laryea Melfah, lauded the efforts of the PTA, but appealed to the parents and old students of the school to help meet the needs of the school.

She said the school would initiate a five-year project plan to put up new structures to replace the old ones, which called for the collective support of the PTA and old students.

The Local Manager of the school, Reverend Father Andrew Campbell, dedicated the facility and urged parents to continue to support the school to secure a better future for the children.