A sod-cutting ceremony has been performed for the commencement of work on the construction of a six-unit classroom block for the Esikabew Primary School in the Nsawam/Adoagyiri Municipality in the Eastern Region.
On completion, the GH¢900,000 project, funded by Blue Skies Company Limited, will have offices and toilet facilities to create a conducive teaching and learning environment for teachers and pupils in the community.
Currently, there is only one primary school building which serves the whole Esikabew community, but due to the deplorable state of the structure built in 1945, most of the pupils in the community have refused to attend classes.
Addressing the function, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Blue Skies Company Limited, Mr Alistair Djimatey, called for partnership among the government, assemblies and communities to ensure the effective implementation of development projects in the communities.
Mr Djimatey also appealed to the government to complete all Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) projects abandoned in the various communities before commencing new ones for the people, saying it was unfortunate for the government to invest huge resources in projects that were often abandoned halfway and overtaken by weeds.
The old building, which had become a death trap, was pulled down some weeks ago, forcing the teachers to teach the pupils under a shade in a bush.
Later in an interview with the Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Director of Education, Ms Esther Bossman-Ammah, she expressed her gratitude to Blues Skies Company Limited for its immense contribution to the development of the municipality.
She appealed to parents, especially those in the Esikabew community, to encourage their children to take their studies seriously to make them better citizens in the near future so they can also contribute to the development of the nation.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Evans Lartey, said the construction of the new building would encourage pupils from far and near to attend school and also stop parents from taking their children to schools at long distances.
In a related development, the Blue Skies Company has the sod for the construction of a 12-seater toilet facility to serve the population of 175 inhabitants of the Kwakwakrom community.