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Regional News of Sunday, 19 February 2006

Source: GNA

Wexford rehabilitates Wassa Akyempim JSS

Wassa Akyempim(W/R), Feb. 19, GNA - The management of Wexford Goldfields Limited (WGL) has rehabilitated the Wassa Akyempim Primary and Junior Secondary School at a cost of 480 million cedis. It involved rehabilitation of a two-classroom block for the JSS, six-classroom block for the primary, two-classroom nursery block, renovation of the library, construction of a urinal and an aqua-privy place of convenience, wiring and extension of electricity to the school. Mr Richard Gray, Managing Director of WGL, handing over the projects at Wassa Akyempim said the company recognized the essence of education and the need to ensure that human resources and potentials within the society were developed.

He said it was in fulfilment of this desire that the company undertook the projects and pledged its commitment to ensure the development of human potential within its catchment area. Mr Gray announced that the company would contribute 26,000 dollars towards the construction of a community centre at Wassa Akyempim to assist the community organise social functions and hold meetings to discuss development of the Akyempim community. Mr Paul Esu, Human Resource Manager, of the company asked the people to eschew apathy and get themselves involved in the development of the community.

He regretted that some of the citizens refused to attend communal labour for the construction of the community centre.

Mr Kojo Afful, an Assistant Director of Education at the Wassa Mpohor East District Director of Education said Government was committed to provide quality education with the introduction of the Capitation Grant.

He said the projects were to complement Government's efforts to provide quality education in the country. Mr Afful appealed to the chiefs, teachers and the Akyempim community to take good care of the school and asked parents to send their children to school to benefit from the project. He appealed to the management of the company to construct accommodation for teachers to be posted to the school. Mr Afful pledged the commitment of the District Directorate of Education to collaborate with the company to make the school a model one.

Nana Akonful Nuamah, Chief of Wassa Akyempim said the cordial relationship between the company and the community had facilitated development in the town. He mentioned the school, a police station and electrification projects with the assistance of the company. Nana Nuamah appealed to the management of the company to institute scholarship awards to some of the pupils and students to further their education.

He requested the District Directorate of Education to post more teachers to the school. Mr John Owusu, Headmaster of the JSS commended the company for their kind gesture.