An old student of Nkonya Senior High School (NKOSEC) in the Oti region,
British-based Richard Kojo Acheampong, and his wife Mrs. Joan Asare-Acheampong have committed to construct a 12-seater modern washroom facility for the girls dormitory of the school.
Mr. and Mrs. Achampong, who are both old students of the school, undertook to offer the support after becoming aware of the deplorable state of the make-shift facility serving as washroom for the female students.
Speaking in an interview with the media after the sod-cutting, Mr. Acheampong said they wer shocked when they visited the school recently and were shown the structure used by the female students as washroom.
“So, my wife and I decided to construct a modern washroom facility for the female students,” he stated.
He was hopeful that the
12-seater modern washroom facility estimated to cost Ghc150,000 would be completed between 45 and 60 days.
Mr. Acheampong, a businessman, author, and philanthropist said the funding for the project was from proceeds of his recently launched memoir, titled: “Crushed But Not Destroyed.”
When completed, the project would include a roofed walkway from the new facility to the girls’ dormitory block for easy access even during rains.
The project will also include the renovation of the old washrooms in the female dormitory, which have been out of use, having broken down for over a decade.
“This is our small way of giving back to the school and the community which nurtured us to be what we are today,” he said.
The initiative, Mr. Acheampong believes would prick the consciences of other old students and members of the community to come together and support the school in other ways.
Breaking the ground for the start of the project, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Ernest Etornam Parku, thanked the benefactor for bringing solution to one of the major problems in Nkonya Senior High School.
“We are all happy that finally, somebody has heard our cry and is providing a modern sanitation facility for the female students.
The female students are also very happy that their dignity is being restored,” Felix Edu, an assistant headmaster of the school, said in an interview.
Mr Acheampong completed NKOSEC in 1989, and now resides in the United Kingdom where he runs a number of businesses.
His wife, Mrs. Joan Asare-Acheampong completed in 1994 and was the Girls’ Prefect of the school.
NKOSEC is located between Kadjebi and Ntumda in the Nkonya Traditional area in the Biakoye District of the Oti Region.
The school was Founded in 1964 and has produced many great individuals who have served Ghana in various capacities.