A member of the Council of State, Sam Okudjeto has tasked school authorities to cost the various projects in their institutions so that individuals and corporate bodies can choose which ones they want to fund.
He said the usual appeal for funds in support of school projects will be more meaningful if the cost components are known, as this will ensure transparency because the donors can easily associate with projects they supported.
Mr. Okudjeto was speaking at a durbar to climax the 80th anniversary of Zion College at Anloga in the Volta Region.
Mr. Okudjeto who was the Guest of Honour said 60 years ago, he was a proud recipient of quality education that the Founder of ZICO, Rev. Dr. Ferdinand Kwashi Fiawoo promoted to nurture students who will be responsible citizens rendering dedicated service to humanity.
He challenged the current headmaster and staff to ensure that their students use the knowledge acquired to develop passion to transform their communities as great entrepreneurs.
Old students and well-wishers of Zion College sang the school’s anthem to climax 80 years of what one will term ‘the ZICO brand of education’ with emphasis on religious and moral training.
The School formerly New Africa University College was the first Secondary school to be established in the Volta Region 80 years ago and exposed its pioneering students to variety of educational experiences including vocational training.
The founder Rev. Dr Ferdinand Kwashi Fiawoo directly administered the school from 1937 to 1951.
He handed over to Rev. CK Dovlo in 1952 when he assumed a new role as a First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly having entered the Assembly representing the Anlo State.
ZICO’s distinguished past students include former VRA Chief Executive Erasmus Kalitsi, former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Alex Ashiagbor and Professor Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor both of blessed memory.
These among other names featured in a song appreciation performed by the school’s cultural troupe.
Inadequate infrastructure is a major issue facing a number of schools and ZICO is no exception.
A PTA block to serve as classroom and examination complex has only the foundation laid for the past 15 years as reported by the Headmaster David Kukuia.
A past student of ZICO and former President of the Ghana Bar Association and a current member of the Council of State Sam Okudjeto, who was the Guest of Honour said the content of what is taught in school is critical for human resource development.
On funding school projects through appeal for funds, Mr Okudjeto said the cost element should be stated so that those who wish to sponsor such projects can know exactly what they want to support.
The Chief Executive of Ghana TeleCommunication Chamber, Kenneth Ashigbey who was the Guest Speaker reminded students of the fruit of discipline.
One activity that held the audience spellbound was a display by ZICO’s cadet corps. With precision and tactical movement, the cadet contingent on parade through silent drill arranged their weapons on the ground to write 80, to indicate 80th Anniversary.
Earlier the cadet led dignitaries including the Awoamefia Torgbui Sri and the Presiding Bishop of the AME Zion Church for Western West Africa Rt Rev Dr. Hilliard Dogbe to dedicate a magnificent school gate built by the 1982 year group as part of their contribution to beautify ZICO.
Story By: Bright Kofi Agamah.