A Kumasi-based construction company in the Ashanti Region, Nickseth Construction Company Limited, has come to the rescue of the Bosome Senior High Technical School in the Bosome Freho District, by constructing a modern bathroom and a laundry facility at a cost of GHS350, 000 for some 420 female students.
Prior to the construction of this facility, the over 400 students were queuing to use a sub-standard washroom, a situation that affected teaching and learning hours.
The unroofed structure with an unkempt floor as a bathhouse also exposed the students to reptiles and infections.
The school recently recorded an incident where a girl who was hanging her clothes in the school’s grass fields was bitten by a snake due to the absence of a befitting laundry.
Moved by the plight of the school, the Chief Executive Officer of Nickseth Construction Nicholas Frimpong Boateng, a native of Asiwa where the school is located, has sunk GHS350,000 cedis into constructing a washroom and a laundry complex to give the girls a decent and more dignified structure.
The students can now heave a sigh of relief with an ultramodern bathhouse and laundry complex fitted with washrooms, showers, toilets, an area for laundry and a row of dry-lines.
Board Chair for Nickseth Constructions Limited, Dr. Godfred Owusu Boateng said the company saw the need to intervene as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, when the company won a GET Fund contract to construct two dormitories for the school.
“When we came here, we saw that they were taking their bath in that structure bordered off by roofing sheets and we were touched by their plight. Despite the tight constraints of COVID 19, our CEO who hails from here Nicholas Seth Boateng pushed us to mobilize funds from the company’s coffers to help these girls,” he pointed out.
The students who for the first time will be taking their bath in these sanitary conditions were elated about how the intervention will impact their academics and stay on campus.
A student, Pricilla Owusuwaa, intimated, “The old one was a mess because as ladies, we used to get more than four or five students reporting to the sickbay every day to complain of white, but we can now bath in sanitary conditions”.
“The former bathhouse was in an awkward situation. We had to queue, but the establishment of the new one will help us in our time management as students since we don’t have to spend time here waiting for our turn to bath,” another student, Jeckibed Ayariga, stated.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, encouraged more affluent citizens to find ways of partnering government’s development drive by giving back to their communities.
“We pray that those who have the capacity to support the various schools in their areas, can follow this example of Nickseth Construction, and do the little they can also do to help government eradicate the infrastructure deficit in our various schools.”
Expressing his gratitude for the gesture, the Headmaster of the Bosome Senior High Technical School, James Appiah, appealed for support to build and furnish a technical workshop for his technical school.
The opening of the washroom-complex was done alongside the commissioning of a 12-seater toilet facility and two dormitories funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund, to accommodate the increasing population of the Bosome Senior High Technical School.