The 1993 old students group of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School (WESS) in the Brong-Ahafo Region has donated three Polytanks to the school to improve its water supply system.
At a short ceremony to officially hand over the items to the school, Mr. Samuel Kwame Asare Baffour, Spokesperson for the old students, observed that uninterrupted water supply was one of the many challenges they faced during their days in school.
According to him, 26 years ago on campus, they used to walk long distances in their quest to fetch water.
“We still remember 26 years ago, the hardship we went through just to get water, and we are proud to solve the problem today,” he said.
Mr. Asare Baffour said upon a visit by one of their colleagues to the school, it came to light that water supply was still a challenge confronting the students.
“It became imperative for us the 1993 Year Group to come together to see how we can help the school to solve the problem that has existed for decades,” he said.
He further said they had achieved a lot in life because of the training they had from the school, and that giving back to the school was important to them.
Speaking at the presentation, Mr. Alfred Ofori-Annye, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Operations, Produce Buying Company, an old student and Chairman of the group, emphasised on the stress they had to go through as students.
He said they had identified the many challenges the continuing students are facing, and promised that “they are going to turn their eyes to the school more often.”
He pledged that the 1993 batch would soon construct an ironing bay for the boys dormitory, because they see it as one of challenges to the students.
Receiving the donation, the Headmaster of the school, Mr. Foster Antwi-Boateng, expressed his deepest gratitude to the old students for the gesture.
He noted that since his assumption as head of the school, water supply has been one of his main problems, and was glad that the old students had taken steps to assist the school address the problem.
He indicated that even though the school had a polytank, it still was not enough to provide the solution they needed. He further called on other old students to emulate what their colleagues had done, and challenged old students to form a national association to support the school.
Mr. Ofori Annye recounted some stalled projects in the school because of lack of funds. He, therefore, appealed to old students support the school financially to complete all projects.
The Wenchi Municipal Chief, who is an old boy of WESS, Dr Prince Afriyie Kwakye, said the government, in its efforts to solve the water problems facing the Wenchi Municipality, had initiated a GH¢30 million water facility project, coupled with a biogas facility.
These projects, he believes, will provide a lasting solution to the long standing problem of water supply to the Wenchi Municipality when completed.
The Girls Prefect of the school, Fatima Haruna, thanked the old students for their support. She said the visually impaired students were the most affected in the search for water, because they walk the distances.
“Our colleagues who are visually impaired faced challenges in walking the distances to fetch water, and we are happy that our seniors have provided polytanks to address the problem,” she said.