What had been a dream for people of the three adjoining communities of Agyan, Domunli, and Akonu in the Nzema east municipality of the western region has now become a reality when the Ghana National petroleum corporation (GNPC) handed over a 4-unit classroom block to the AD Akonu MA basic school which has been the first-ever basic school in the community.
The municipal Chief executive, Honorable Frank Okpenyen said Education has been the major tool that can be use to eliminate poverty among people and the development of a community hence government priority in the Education sector.
“Thanks to GNPC foundation, our children must no longer trek to Axim for JHS Education. Henceforth these pupils will not take their lesson under trees” he said. Adding that “the mere hint of the construction of this new facility along with the distribution of school uniforms by the government has markedly improved the attitude of pupils in the communities. There is no doubt that this will improve teaching and learning and our communities would be better for it.”
He further stated that the assembly is working seriously to resolve the infrastructure challenges that the municipality is facing for the delivery of quality and effective education and the completion of school blocks is a testimony to their commitment to building partnership with other development agencies to ensure the betterment of the lives of the people in the communities.
On the part of the executive director of GNPC, Dr. Dominic Eduah, he said that whiles there is a need for revenue accruing from Ghana’s oil business in improving the communities and people’s lives, education remains one of the ways to achieving it.
” Our corporate social responsibility mission is driven by a vision to affect change and with this new classroom block comes has an opportunity to further attempt the leveling of the field for children from remote parts of the country to also compete.” He said.
He charges the school authorities to ensure proper maintenance of the school facility to ensure that it lasts longer for the school and the community at large.
Mr. Nathaniel Kofi Afful, the municipal education director expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the GNPC foundation for what he described as an ‘important project only equaled by the actual need to educate children itself.’
Mr. Afful gave an assurance of the maintenance of the facility to ensure that it last longer and also instilling the commitment of maintenance culture among students.
The four-unit block contains three classrooms, an ICT lab, and a storeroom.