The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has commissioned and dedicated the newly-constructed Kwahu Oda Roman Catholic Junior High School in the Nkawkaw Area of the Church.
The commissioning ceremony occurred on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at the Roman Catholic School Park in Kwahu Oda, Eastern Region, Ghana.
The impressive building, valued at GHS1,477,138.30, consists of three classrooms (Basic 7-9), a Headteacher’s office, a Teachers’ room, a Computer laboratory, an ICT Centre, a Library, a Kindergarten block, Washrooms and a drilled borehole facility.
This remarkable project was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Kwahu Oda Development Committee, led by Elder Dr Emmanuel Kwame Obeng, a member of The Church of Pentecost, United States of America, and Founder/President of Rural Communities Development International Inc. (RCDII), along with his wife, Dr Agnes Obeng, and other dedicated community members from both local and international locations.
Notable contributors to the project include the Board of Trustees of Rural Communities International Development International Inc (RCDII), Mr Franklin Kwame Asante (Allclean Limited), Mr Emmanuel Kwaku Ayimadu, Apostle John Obeng Kesse (Suame Area Head, The Church of Pentecost), Nana Kojo Asiamah, Kofi Agyakwa, Charles Kwabena Asiama, Elder Abraham Asante-Obeng (Headmaster, Pentecost Preparatory School Ashiaman), Fred Otchere Jan, Ohenaba Appah-Dankyi, Kwaku Addo Benson, James Okyere, Cecilia Okyere, Lydia Ahenkorah, Ama Nkansah, Hannah Dansoah, Afua Peprah, Lydia Obeng Siaw, Kwasi Obeng, and Augustina Osei.
Additionally, Patrick Mensah, Ama Serwaa Baah, Rev. Dr Samuel & Mrs Ellen Asante, Adwoa Yeboah, Bishop Asiama Okyere, Lydia Gyemfa Okyere, Alex Omari Otchere, Vida Antwiwaa Okyere, Vero Konadu Okyere, William Siaw Otchere, Rosemary Effah, and Ante Abena Serwah contributed to the project.
During his speech, Dr Obeng shared his experience overcoming poverty as a barrier to his educational dreams.
Despite financial constraints, he encouraged parents to go the extra mile in supporting their children’s educational goals.
Addressing the students, he emphasised the importance of diligence in their studies and urged them to strive for excellence, saying, “Go the extra mile.”
Nana Amakye Appah II, the Kwahu Oda Chief, called on community members to continue selflessly supporting the town’s development through similar projects that improve the quality of life for all.
Honourable Joseph Frimpong, Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw, expressed gratitude to Dr Obeng, RCDII, and all the project contributors on behalf of the government.
He reminded the audience that their destinies lay in their hands and encouraged the youth to embrace the challenge of studying diligently. He also urged parents to provide the necessary amenities for a conducive learning environment.
Honourable Lawyer Yaw Owusu Addo, the Municipal Chief Executive of Kwahu West, emphasised that national development requires its citizens’ collective support and involvement to benefit the entire community.
Mrs Ivy Asantewaa Owusu, Eastern Regional Director of Education, commended the Kwahu Oda Development Committee for their thoughtful financial and educational investment in the community. She urged teachers to adapt to new technological teaching methods to enhance student learning.
The Kwahu Oda Roman Catholic School, established in 1939, had faced neglect and dilapidation due to a lack of regular maintenance. This intervention became necessary after media reports highlighted its deteriorating condition.
The members of the Kwahu Oda Development Committee are Dr Emmanuel Kwame Obeng (Chairman), Mr Franklin Kwame Asante (Project Manager), Elder Abraham Asante Obeng (Secretary/Protocol Officer), Apostle John Obeng Kesse (Planning Committee Chairman/Executive Member), Mr Emmanuel Kwaku Anyimadu (Financial Chairman), and Nana Kodjo Asiamah (Executive Member).
The commissioning ceremony was well attended by chiefs, clergy, members of the educational directorate, teachers, students, and community members within and outside the Kwahu Municipality.