General News of Tuesday, 19 December 2017
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church has urged communities not to look on as school buildings collapse on children but rather remedy the situations before government comes to their aid.
Rev. Titus Awortwe-Pratt said although it is the responsibility of government to ensure that school structures are provided, the citizens equally have rights and responsibilities towards their children.
He was speaking at the commissioning of a six-unit classroom block donated by Emmanuel Siisi Quainoo for the Rt. Rev. Nyedu Bannerman Memorial Methodist Primary School at Ampiah Ajumako in the Ajumako Enyan District of the Central Region.
According to him, it was appalling to see parents and caregivers watch their wards study in dilapidated structures that can collapse on their children any day.
“It is a disgrace footage for people to stand and look into the camera and tell government come and build a latrine for us. Can’t we come together to build it for ourselves then we can ask the government to come and support?” he quizzed.
He entreated members of the Methodist church wherever they find themselves to take part in communal work to help build the society, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko reports.
“We call that ‘Oman edwuma’ take part in it. Make contributions to help humanity. If one person has been able to do this thing, we can do it,” he urged.
The comments by the Presiding bishop comes barely eight months after a building collapsed on six kindergarten children at Breman Jamera in the Asikuma Odobeng Brakwa of the Central Region.
The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church said the church realizing the dangers the school structure posed to the children appealed to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) to do something about the situation.
“After our appeal to NADMO, our benefactor, Emmanuel Siisi Quainoo offered to assist us and here we are.
“If one person has been able to do this thing, it means if we together make every donation however small all put together, it will be big enough to supply our needs before government comes in,” he explained.