By Inusa Musah .
It was all hands on deck getting the Santrokofi-Bume two-unit residential accommodation for teachers in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region started in earnest.
The teachers’ bungalow, which is scheduled to be completed in 12 months, is by dint of self-help by the people of Santrokofi-Bume, who, through the same means, have renovated the Gravity Water System, which generates the 24,000 gallons of excess water, built a health centre, a nurses’ quarters, renovated an old school block, and the constructed a Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP).
The teachers’ bungalow, estimated to cost GH¢60,000, stands close to the community Basic School, and when completed, would enable the teachers to closely supervise pupils before, during, and after contact hours.
The presence of the teachers in the community would, further help check the moral decadence among the pupils.
Biennially, Santrokofi-Bume, through the Santrokofi-Bume Development Association (SABUDA), celebrates ‘Homecoming’ for its indigenes, both home and abroad, to take stock and plan other developmental projects.
And so at its fifth Homecoming durbar on December 25, last year, the chiefs and people of Santrokofi-Bume raised some funds to start a two-unit accommodation for teachers, as teachers posted to the area commute between Hohoe and Santrokofi-Bume daily, which is expensive and, thus, affecting the teachers’ monthly salary.
Besides, teachers, sometimes, report on duty late, when they hardly get a vehicle to board to school.
Based on this background, Nana Obibiribi Kumi III, Krontihene of the Santrokofi Traditional Area, in June this year, broke ground to start the construction of the teachers’ accommodation.
During a follow up on the project, last weekend, The Chronicle Volta File saw residents, especially the elderly, busy at work to see the building raised.
Nana Kumi III, the Krontihene, thanked the Hohoe Municipal Assembly for supporting the construction of the project with 100 bags of cement, and Dr Heloo Adiku, Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe, for supporting with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Santrokofi-Bume has hardly depended on governments for infrastructures, therefore, he entreated corporate organisations and philanthropists to support SABUDA complete the teachers’ accommodation and a couple of self-help projects it had lined up to alleviate poverty in Santrokofi-Bume.