NYA volunteers build Kpenoe JHS classroom block

BY: Mary Anane-Amponsah
chief executive officer of the National Youth Authority
chief executive officer of the National Youth Authority

The Volta Regional Director of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Mr Yao Semodey, has lauded some 30 young volunteers of the NYA for displaying enthusiasm and selflessness to put in shape a six-unit classroom block for the Kpenoe M.A Junior High school.

The volunteers, made up of artisans, including five females, were drawn from different parts of the region to complete the  block during a two-week camp, organised by the NYA from December 1 to 16.

According to Mr Semodey, communities in the country could easily be developed through voluntary services which, he said, gave young people the opportunity to also integrate socially and also become more patriotic.

The spirit of volunteerism, he noted, had eluded the country as the youth were no longer interested in engaging in communal services without monetary benefit.

“Since 2011, we have not organised voluntary youth camp as a region because we are not ready to sacrifice without monetary gains”.

Community development

He called on parents to bring up their children to understand the need to be part of community development because if “your community is developed, it leads to your personal development”.

Mr Semodey said the NYA would continue to organise voluntary youth camps to assist communities complete their priority projects in the region, and called on the communities to show interest and positively respond to invitations from the NYA for such projects.

The Chief of Kpenoe, Togbe Kotoku, expressed appreciation to the team for its show of patriotism, and also thanked his people for providing materials for the project, with the donation of 74 bags of cement and timber logs for roofing.

He, however, appealed to the government to construct the road from Kpenoe to Ho to open the farming community up for vibrant economic activities.

The leader of the volunteers, Mr Godfred Apetorgbor, stated that despite the challenges they faced in the course of their work, which included the stress of commuting every day to the site to work, they were happy to have served their people by giving schoolchildren a better environment to study.