A forty-seater capacity library and an office facility has been donated to the Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS) at Begoro in the Eastern Region. The GH¢200,000 facility, which contains a house parents’ office, a reading room, stores and washrooms for both students and teachers, was presented by the children of the late J.M. Addo and J.M. Addo and Sons Limited, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the passing on of Mr J.M. Addo (Nana Addo Korie), who was once the Mawerehene of Akyem Abuakwa.
Handing over the facility to the school, the Chief Executive Officer of J.M. Addo and Sons Limited, Mr William Adum Addo, said the gesture was born out of the love their late father had for education, pointing out that the J.M. Addo family would continue to support the development of the school to enhance teaching and learning.
Mr Addo, who is also the patron of the J.M. Addo House of the school, said the late Nana Korie, the Founder of J.M. Addo and Sons, since 1960, also gave a lot of support to the youth through the J.M. Addo Foundation which he established several years before his demise.
“As a man who believed in education, there is no befitting tribute to our father’s memory than the construction of this new J.M. Addo House block for the Presbyterian Senior High School, Begoro.
“We as a family will continue to support this school in every way we can - be it through infrastructure or through continued sponsorship of students through the J.M. Addo Foundation and also in our individual capacities because we also believe education is cheaper than ignorance,” Mr Addo added.
He expressed the hope that students would patronise the facility to achieve academic excellence.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof. Ebenezer Owusu, who was the special guest of honour for the ceremony, charged students to work hard in pursuing knowledge for the development of the nation, stressing that with hard work, Ghana could be like nations such as Singapore and Malaysia that had their independence around the same time as Ghana.
Prof. Owusu charged the students to make good use of their time in school to brighten their future, since the success of their future depended on what they did today. He said acts such as stealing, premarital sex, fraud and other social vices must be avoided by students if they had the vision of achieving their dreams in future.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Daniel Mensah, said the J.M. Addo House was created in 2014 and the school authorities decided to name it after the late Mr J.M. Addo due to the support he gave to the people of Begoro and other places.
He noted that the children of the late J.M. Addo had since been supporting the school in many ways, including the provision of sports equipment and teaching and learning materials. He thanked the children of J.M. Addo for the facility and promised to ensure that it would be well maintained and used properly.