NADeF presents 58-seater bus to Gyamfi Kumanini High Technical
By: Michael Boateng
Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, under the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF), has presented a brand new 58-seater air-conditioned bus to the Gyamfi Kumanini Senior High Technical School at Wamahinso in the Asutifi District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The bus, which cost GH¢178,200, was donated in response to a proposal from the chiefs and people of Wamahinso, in consultation with the community’s Sustainable Development Committee, to NADeF for approval.
The bus is to facilitate the transportation needs of teachers and students in their practical trips and academic excursions.
Mr. Kwame Saarah-Mensah, NADeF Board of Trustees Chairman, who presented the keys to the school, commended the chiefs and people of Wamahinso, as well as the Sustainable Development Committee members, for prioritising education and supporting students within the community in diverse ways.
He said NADeF was ready to assist in improving the human resource base of the communities where Newmont Ghana Gold operates, hence the provision of educational infrastructure and logistics such as the bus to ensure a resourceful human resource base.
NADeF was established in May 2008, in fulfillment of a commitment Newmont Ghana Gold Limited made to its host communities during the mine’s inauguration in 2005, where Newmont commits $1.00 per ounce of gold sold, and 1% of its annual net profit into the fund managed by NADeF.
Mr. Saarah-Mensah used the opportunity to advise the students to be obedient and study hard to make sky the limit, to gain the full benefit of the mine’s assistance in order not to embark on unnecessary demonstrations to demand employment at the mine.
He noted that indiscipline has been the bane of every student in achieving academic successes, therefore, students of Gyamfi Kumanini should eschew indiscipline and study hard for a brighter future.
A 32-inch flat screen LCD television was also presented to the school by PHC Motors.
The Headmaster of Gyamfi Kumanini, Mr. Apau Karikari, expressed gratitude for the gesture by NAdeF, and promised to abide by the culture of maintenance to ensure the prolonged lifespan of the bus.
He gave the assurance that the bus would be used for only academic purposes and nothing else.
Mr. Apau Karikari, however, bemoaned inadequate classrooms, dormitories and teacher’s accommodation, pleading with NADeF to assist in those areas as well.
The handing over document was signed by the Wamahinso community and executives of NADeF.
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