10 January 2013

Ghana: Kpekpo Residents Continue Intruding Sogasco Campus

Sogakope — The Sogakope Senior High School (SOGASCO) and the South Tongu District Assembly have expressed grave concern over the continued intrusion of the SOGASCO campus and activities of the school by the people of Kpekpo community.

The intrusion is said to include the carrying of dead bodies across the campus, entering the dormitories uninvited, and jostling for space with the students at various school activities.

Speaking to The Chronicle, at Sogakope, the Assemblyman for Adutor, Mr. Joseph Azaglo, said the activities of the members of the Kpekpo community on the school's premises was gradually getting out of control, because the community members deliberately come to the school without invitation and engage in all sorts of unsavory behaviour.

Mr. Azaglo, who is also a staff of SOGASCO, explained for example that the people of the community deliberately carry their dead bodies through the compound, scaring the students and disrupting their activities as they ran away in all directions, noting that students live in panic and fear, not knowing when they would be confronted with another corpse.

The worried Assemblyman stressed that the most annoying aspect of the activities of the Kpekpo people was their invasion of the dormitories by some of the people who often seen mingling with students, despite continued complaints about such behaviour, which put fear in the students as they did not know why the people would illegally enter their dormitories.

Mr. Azaglo continued that even when students are in assembly, some of the people from the community struggle with them for space in spite of the various caution given by the school authorities for them to stop their nefarious activities but they would not listen.

He said the worry of the Assembly Members over the negative development in the school was that even though the late Volta Regional Minister Minister had constituted a committee to look into the matter and related issues, nothing was being heard from the committee which has held various meetings on solution to the problem.

When contacted, the Headmaster of the SOGASCO, Mr. Kwame Tawiah Agor, confirmed the story and stressed that the negative development was affecting discipline in the school because teachers were finding it difficult in promoting discipline adding that some of the people from the community forcibly join the students in the entertainment hall on Saturdays.

The Secretary to the Committee constituted by the late Volta Regional Minister to look into the SOGASCO and Kpekpo community conflict, Mr. Gbakah, said the committee was about to take a vital decision on the issue before the untimely death of the Regional Minister, which had made the Chairman of the Committee who is also the Deputy Regional Minister constantly busy.

Mr. Gbakah, however, assured that the Committee had almost finished its work and would be attending its last meeting soon to make recommendations that would help in addressing the problem facing the school, by ensuring that interference in the activities of the school stopped.

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