|Methodist Church, Partners Build SHS For Sakoti|
|Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:01|
The Methodist Church of Ghana, in partnership with the Living Word United Methodist Church, St Louis, Missouri, USA, has constructed a new Senior High Technical School at Sakoti in the Nabdam District in the Upper East Region.
The GH¢300,000 project has facilities such as a six-unit classroom block, offices, a library, a staff common room and washrooms.
At a dedication ceremony, the Bishop of the Northern Diocese of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Rt Rev. Emmanuel MacLord Afriyie, said the church, throughout its existence, had contributed immensely by partnering the government in the provision of social services in such areas as health and education.
He invited the people in the community to identify with the project by contributing their quota towards its development.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo, commended the Methodist Church of Ghana and its partners from the United States for the collaboration and efforts which culminated in the construction of the school.
He also commended the church and its partners for contributing immensely not only in the education sector but also drilling four boreholes for the Sakoti and Yagzore communities.
Mr Woyongo also commended the benefactors in executing a number of projects in various communities across the region.
The projects were the extension of electricity to the Bolgatanga Methodist Primary School and Junior High School, drilling of two boreholes for the Tambugu and Nagakenya communities.
He also lauded the church for its evangelism works, leading to the construction of a chapel in the Nanjopuing community.
He tasked the beneficiary community not only to ensure that the educational infrastructure was maintained but also use interventions such as the capitation grant, free school uniform for pupils in deprived communities and the school feeding programme to better the lot of the school children.
The District Chief Executive for the area, Madam Vivian Anafo, said the project had come in timely to augment efforts by the assembly in providing educational infrastructure for the area.
She gave the assurance that the assembly would supply all the furniture needed for the smooth take off of the school.
Rev. Micheal McIntyre of the Living Word United Methodist Church, U.S.A urged members of the community to remain united; stressing that with unity and corporation, the society would achieve a lot in terms of development.
The Project Co-ordinator and Consultant to the Methodist Church of Ghana, Mrs Mary Jackson, said the church was elated to have completed the project, which was a request from the paramount chief of Sakoti, Naba Sigri Bewong. It was completed within two years. She encouraged parents to endeavour to send their children to school in order to guarantee a better future for them.
Naba Sigri Bewong expressed appreciation to the donors and pledged the preparedness of the community to maintain the facility and also plant trees around it to serve as windbreak during storms.
The District Director of Education, Mr Farra Joachim, also commended the church for providing the facility which, he said, would go a long way to help sharpen the literacy and numeracy skills of the youth.
Source: Daily Graphic.