The Headmistress of the Achimota School, Mrs Beatrice Tsotso Adom, has appealed to the government to address the issue of encroachment on Achimota School lands.
She said the school’s lands were gradually being taken away by private individuals and that was a threat to the progress of the school.
Speaking at the school’s 88th Founders’ Day celebration in Accra last Saturday, Mrs Adom said the school’s population kept increasing and there was the need to expand its facilities but the issue of encroachment had become a bottleneck.
“I am hoping the government would make a firm statement on the issue, even though the case is in court,” she said.
Explaining further, she said the population of the school was now over 2,600 but the students were still using the facilities which were meant for 600 students.
She stated that the lands were bought by the founders of the school and there were documents to prove ownership and, therefore, it was illegal for people to encroach on them.
Mrs Adom stressed that it would be unfair for the government to look on unconcerned while private individuals claimed the lands.
Talking about the founders’ day, she said it was an annual celebration which was held to remember the founders of the school and remind the students of African values and practices.
She said that would instil the spirit of Africanism in students and also remind them not only to concentrate on the academic pursuit, but other areas of study such as culture and sports.
She added that the 1995 year group of the Old Achimotan Association (OAA) had provided a new kitchen for the school to replace the old one which was in a deplorable state.
The President of the 1995 year group, Mr George Kwesi Boi Andoh, said the 1,000-metre square building and equipment cost GH¢1.4 million.
According to him, the old kitchen was in shambles and needed repair, but they felt that the repairs would not last long enough so they decided to build a new one.
He said the kitchen was the old students’ contribution to the school for the moral and academic training they received.
On the issue of encroachment, he said it would be prudent to build along the borders of the school, which would make it difficult for unauthorised people to tamper with the lands.
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