Little did residents of Kodjonya, suburb of Odumase and capital of Lower Manya Krobo Municipality, know that the dream of having a storey building to be used by their basic school would soon materialise.
It was a sheer jubilation and happiness last Wednesday, when the leadership of MTN Ghana Foundation handed over a newly constructed school block to the people of the area.
The Kodjonya Millennium Presby School Complex, which was constructed at a cost of GHÂÂ¢229,982, has a six-unit classroom block, office for the headteacher, and a store room for keeping books and other materials.
Facilities such as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) room with 20 computers donated by the Assembly, a staff common room and a technical drawing unit make up the rest.
Speaking at the comparatively packed gathering, the Corporate Service Executive of the Foundation, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, said the main purpose of MTN's educational investment was to promote conducive learning environments for children in the region, in order to achieve academic excellence.
To her, MTN appreciated the dedication and commitment exhibited by all stakeholders in ensuring that the classroom and other facilities were built in record time to support this very important need.
She took the gathering through the circumstances that compelled the Foundation to construct what has come to be the first storey building classroom block in the entire municipality.
Summarising the conditions under which her office constructed the facility, Mrs. Lumor stated that MTN was touched by the plight of the innocent children, after it was known that about 30 percent of them (children) were studying under trees.
In their burning desire to impart knowledge and mould the children to be responsible future leaders, the management of the school occasionally used the premises of a nearby church.
This was not without its corresponding challenges such as disruptions in academic work and calendar, following weather interruptions, as well as inadequate educational infrastructure and learning materials.
According to the MTN Ghana Foundation Corporate Service Executive, like the saying that to whom much is given much is expected, the Foundation is expecting a sharp improvement in the academic performance of the pupils of the school.
To her, teachers in the school had no cause to put the blame on the environment in which they operate, since they now had the best of the environment for quality teaching and learning.
The occasion was also used to launch the 5th Anniversary of the inception of the Foundation, which was under the theme "Celebrating Five Years of Sustainable Corporate Social interventions in Ghana."
Mrs. Lumor said since the inception of the Foundation in 2007, over 60 major projects had so far been undertaken across the country.
On her part, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Juliana Baidoo, who took the gathering through the history of the school, on behalf of the management expressed appreciation to MTN Ghana Foundation.
According to her, the name Millennium Presby was adopted in the year 2000, when the school could only boast of three classrooms, with a comparatively large student population.
The Millennium Presby Headmistress continued that with the growing student population, the management hadno option but to think outside the box and seek support.
This, she said, they did by writing to MTN Ghana Foundation to come to the aid of the school, most especially the innocent children who were learning under serious unfriendly environments, not of their making.
Residents of Larbikrom raise red flag over security
Residents of Larbikrom, a farming community near Akyem Afosu in the Birim North District, have called on the authorities in the area particularly, the security agencies to come to their aid, as a matter of urgency.
The community, which is off the main street to Asuom, and surrounded with forests and palm and cocoa plantations, suffer sleepless days and nights in recent times.
This follows rampant armed robbery and other criminal activities in the area.
Addressing the media at a news conference, the Assembly Member for the Larbikrom Electoral Area, Patrick A. Cobba, said "armedrobbers and unscrupulous beings are making life difficult and unbearable for us."
According to him, the area, for some time now, had been challenged with thefts and armed robberies, which has left the community in a state of fear and panic.
He stressed that the only community health post in the area, which serves about five to seven villages, was on two separate occasions attacked and robbed of the old and few logistics staff of the post are working with.
As if that was not enough, as some Fulani, about three months ago, also attacked and robbed passengers aboard a Metro Mass Transit bus coming from Accra to the area.
What appears to be worrying, according to the Assembly Member, was the fact that the police at New Abirem have showed little or no concern about the plight of the people when reports were made to them.
In some instances, where some of the thieves were arrested by residents and handed over to the police for justice to be exercised, the police, according to the Larbikrom Electoral Area Assembly Member, left them to their (residents) surprise.
They have, therefore, called on the police and other security agencies in the area to ensure that peace and environments good for business and the safety of residents are considered paramount, before the residents take the law into their hands.