By Samuel Duodu, Bofourkrom.
A ten-bedroom teachers’ hostel valued at GH¢30,000 has been commissioned at Bofourkrom in the newly created Sunyani West District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Nora Lechmann, 25, a student of the University of Social Work, Switzerland financed the project, with support from the Sunyani Municipal Assembly. The hostel has been named after her.
The hostel will accommodate teachers as well as others who use accommodation problems as an excuse to refuse postings to Bofourkrom.
Commissioning the hostel, Miss Lechmann, entreated the people of Bofourkrom to handle the facility with care so as to serve teachers who are yet to come to the community and hoped the hostel would enhance the quality of education in the community.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, who graced the occasion, advised that the love exhibited by Nora Lechmann in putting up the hostel should be a lesson to all public-spirited individuals to contribute their quota to the development of Bofourkrom.
He stressed the need for parents to invest in the education of their children, and hinted that the government is working around the clock to extend the School Feeding Programme to Bofourkrom.
Speaking to Graphic Nsempa, the Headmaster of Bofourkrom SDA Junior High School, Mr Adjei Nkrumah, expressed satisfaction at the construction of the hostel, and stated that it would help ease the accommodation problems of teachers in the community.
Mr Nkrumah appealed to the government to extend electricity to the area to facilitate development.
Mr Kwame Twumasi-Awuah, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, said the assembly had sunk boreholes for a number of communities in and around Bofourkrom, and that had gone a long way to improve on their health status.
As a token of appreciation, the chiefs and people of Bofourkrom used the occasion to instal Nora Lechmann as the Nkosohemaa of Bofourkrom in view of her philanthropic gesture.