From William Nlanjerbor JALULAH, Sapeliga
A FORMER District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bawku West, in the Upper East Region, Desmond Bugbila has donated assorted educational materials to the chief of Sapeliga community for onward distribution to six primary schools that form the Sapeliga Circuit in the Bawku West District.
The donated items, meant to facilitate an improved standard of education in the area, include 3 desktop computers, 5000 exercise books, 123 schoolbags and 100 copies of teachers’ note books.
Additionally, health equipment made up of 6 hospital beds, 7 Mattresses, 7 Wheelchairs, 2 Desktop Computers, 10 plastic buckets and 2 plastic basins were presented to the Sapeliga Health Centre.
Handing over the items on behalf of the former DCE, Felix Akologo Ayeltoya, a native of Sapeliga, explained that giving back to society was of great importance to Mr. Bugbilla, hence the gesture.
Receiving the items, the chief of Sapeliga, Naba Abodbuud Ayagiba III, was pleased with the enormous show of love by Mr. Bugbilla in supporting the community towards improving education and health care delivery.
He appealed to other indigenes to emulate the benevolence of the former DCE by contributing to the development of the deprived area.
Naba Ayagiba III called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, fix the three broken down bridges that link the Sapeliga community and its environs to the district capital.
He said the damming effect of this year’s first rain signaled an impending challenge of transportation in the area, if the bridges were left unfixed.
On her part, Cecilia Sumaila, the Bawku West District Director of Education, said the donated educational materials will help address the situation of pupils lacking basic materials for school; which was a disincentive to their sound studies.
Speaking on behalf of the District Health Director, Ebenezer Agbalenyo, an Internal Auditor at the Bawku West District Health Directorate, said the donation to the medical centre was a direct response to the current situation of inadequate medical equipment to cope with the volume of health care cases the facility attend to.
Mr. Agbalenyo lauded the former DCE’s efforts at contributing to the health care delivery of the area.
He noted that this was the second time Mr. Bugbila made a personal donation to the Sapeliga Health Centre, having presented a number of mattresses to the same facility in 2018, the representative said the donation came as a huge relief to the facility.
“These items given us by Desmond Bugbila will help improve our work. Some of our clients are bedridden. How can such people be moved around? It’s usually very difficult.
In some cases, nurses have to carry such patients on their backs in order to move them from place to place”. Mr. Agbalenyo.
Speaking to this reporter after the presentation, Mr. Bugbila said his desire to support his community was dated back in 2003 when he had not even dreamt of becoming a DCE and since then, he had made several presentations to schools and health centers in the area.
He purchased a generator for Sapeliga Primary and Junior High School in 2008, when a need arose that the schools be connected to a national programme for basic schools, which was aired at the time on Ghana Television.
When asked how long he would continue with his humanitarian support, Mr. Bugbila said “As long as God gives us life, strength and opportunities come and the networks are very active, I will continue to support them until God calls me”.