NSS Personnel in Kpando adopts Blada Tornu D.A. Basic School, provides electricity and other products

The 2020/21 National Service Personnel in the Kpando & North Dayi district have adopted Blada Tornu D.A Basic School after undertaking a number of projects with the school.

The personnel led by President, Bless Ronald Abiti Addo, began this project during their service term and have duly worked on it till date.

Projects undertaken by the personnel included the provision of solar electricity, provision of essential goods and in line to complete a three (3) unit JHS Block.

President Bless Ronald said this during the handing over ceremony;

It is a dream come true for us to arrive in Blada Tornu as a team to officially commence our relationship with the school and the community at large.

Bless further stated that;

This official visit and opening ceremony is my 6th time visiting this village. This is evidently a village without a bicycle road nor electricity, and one has to walk a minimum of an hour from Botoku through the mountains, hills and slopes to Blada Tornu. I wish to commend you all for the struggles thus far in keeping up with standard life.

Among the activities that were held on the day of official adoption were hiking, fun games and quiz with the students among others.

Find below the full speech of President Bless Ronald at the ceremony;

“For me Bless Ronald Abiti Addo, it is a dream come true for us to arrive in Blada Tornu as a team to officially commence our relationship with the school and the community at large.

This dream was finally birthed after a long thoughtful period, survey and stakeholder consultations on school and community assistance as a Youth Member of Parliament in the Youth Leadership Parliament (YLP) and President of NASPA – Kpando Municipal and North Dayi District.

With the help of a great team mainly made up of the Executives, membership, reps from the District Assembly and our very own humble Municipal NSS Director, we settled on Blada Tornu to pilot this project.

This official visit and opening ceremony is my 6th time visiting this village. This is evidently a village without a bicycle road nor electricity, and one has to walk a minimum of an hour from Botoku through the mountains, hills and slopes to Blada Tornu. I wish to commend you all for the struggles thus far in keeping up with standard life.

During our first visit, we met students between the ages of 11 and 16 who where dashing briskly through the shadows of the forest and equally sweating as we were, claiming it is a daily routine, and that it was the only way to access JHS education for a three(3) years continuous period.

I couldn’t have been any sadder and motivated for this purpose upon listening to their ordeal and the plights of the village.

The team visited the District Assembly regularly to report on issues and seek assistance. Thanks to Hon. Kudjoh Attah (DCE) and his team who provided a 1000MW solar panel and battery, from which we made a 350 meters electricity extension through part of the village to the school building.

As evident, we have fixed bulbs along the extension line and have made multiple charging spots at the community center, the chiefs house, and in the first classroom for the use of teachers.

It must be recognized that, Mr. Wilson Akumah-Zanu (Organizing Secretary) and the team which came with me to specifically undertake the electricity extension, worked nonstop from noon till 04:35am the next morning to get the village and the school illuminated.

I must also state again on record, that the funds used for this project is solely the contribution of the National Service Personnel within our jurisdiction, and I commend everyone who partook in such commitment.

We have among other progresses advanced conversations towards the completion of a three (3) unit JHS Block attached to a teacher’s bungalow to ease the stress on the teachers and JHS students who walk a minimum of 2 hours round trip from Botoku to the village and from the village to Botoku respectively on daily basis.

The District Chief Executive, Hon. Kudjoh Attah, has already presented this initiative to the North Dayi General Assembly and we recognize that as a significant step towards the realization of the JHS and Teacher’s Bungalow building project.

Our relationship with you means representation, advocacy on your behalf, support and love as much as necessary for the progress of humanity.

Today in this unprecedented historic visit and gathering as we play games, award the hard working teachers and students including community members, as we share books and other stationary to all students, and even as we sing and interact heartily among ourselves, I want to assure you that we are one people and share equally in your ordeals. Let’s put away partisan politics when it comes to issues of immediate social development and the future of our children.
We have similarly suffered in the villages to grow up and get to where we are today and are for that matter confident, that these little ones will rise from this village and be great icons worth emulating by all men.

Thanks to God Almighty, the Chief and Elders, Teachers and School Authorities, The NSS Director, Representatives of the District Chief Executive and Member of Parliament, NASPA Executives, The Kpando Municipal Sanitation Ambassador and her team, the over 50 National Service Personnel who made it here, the town folks and all students including everyone who has made this project surmountable.

I by these words duly adopt this school and community under the “School Adoption and Community Aid” initiative, and officially commence our one year renewable relationship with Blada Tornu D.A. Basic School and the Community.

We will continue to seek more assistance from Government, NGOs and capable individuals.

Many thanks to every single person who has played a role in achieving this feat.”

Bless Ronald Abiti Addo,
President- NASPA 2020/21,
Kpando & North Dayi District.

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