Ga Mantse Committee Worried As Squatters Take Over Portions Of Mantse Tackie 1&3/Liberty Avenue Sch
A Committee set up by the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II have expressed worried over how some squatters have taken over portions of the Mantse Tackie 1 and 3 and Liberty Avenue School in Accra.
The Committee made these known when it toured the school edifice on Tuesday.
Addressing Journalists after the tour, Chairman for the Ga Mantse Committee, Dr. Ekow Spio-Gabrah said "The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II set up this Committee few months ago to review the current situation of this school and propose requisite improvements and to mobilize public opinion and through private and public support, raise funds to address the challenges facing the school"
"If the school is located in an area named after of founding father, Kwame Nkrumah and also name after the Chief of the Ga Community and it is deteriorating then we have to collectively come together to save the school"
"I was a pupil in this school and we are told reportedly that President Akufo-Addo also schooled here. The Queen of England in 1960 when she visited Ghana drove through this stretch"
Mr. Spio-Gabrah who was once a Minister for Education added that the Mantse Tackie 1 and 3 likewise the Liberty Avenue School needs urgent attention.
"We have to save our school. If we can save Achimota Forest then we can save this school. The forest may breath on its own but school actually bring up our future leaders"
On his part, Adarabaka Atukpai Mantse, Nii Tetteh Adjabeng II, said "I want to thank the Committee. But there are many companies in this area who have seen how deplorable this school is gradually turning into but they seem not to care. Absa, GLICO and COCOBOD are all stationed here but there has been no help from them"
"Look at how bad the school is and where it is situated. We (Committee) will be visiting the various companies in this community and solicit for help in the rebuilding of the school"
A member of the Committee said "This is a wake up to the Ga State, Institutions to turn its attention to the school"
"If care is not taken, the kids attending school here will end up growing up to become less important personalities in the society"
School Improvement Officer, Adjaben Circuit under the Korley Klottey Municipal Education Directorate, Ernestina Owusuaa Boadu thanked the Ga Mantse for the initiative to renovate the school.
"This will see to it that teaching and learning in the Adjaben Circuit especially Mantse Tackie 1 and 3"
Former Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba who also doubles as a member of the Committee said "It is sad to see a school in this form. I am particularly sad about what I saw upstairs during our tour."
She called on old students and philanthropists to come to the aid of the school.
The Committee warned the squatters to vacate the school premises or get arrested by the police.
Below are some pictures:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith