Residents, especially teachers and pupils of Kalsegra Junior High School in the Nadowli/Kaleo district of the Upper West Region, were filled with joy after Azumah Resources Ghana Ltd, a gold prospecting company, officially handed over a 3 unit classroom it had renovated for the community.
The Kalsegra Junior High School block had its roof ripped off by a rainstorm in September 2018. The situation compelled school authorities to combine several classes in one room whiles others attended classes under trees. The initiative was based on the request of the community and in line with the cooperate goals of the company to compliment government’s effort in the educational sector.
Mr Benjamin Antungmene, headmaster of Kalsegra Junior High School, explained that the gesture by the gold prospecting company has brought hope and relief to Kalsegra and its environs. “The renovation of this school block will definitely make teaching and learning more effective.” Mr Antungmene recounted how several appeals to government and NGOs yielded no results.
Other residents recounted similar benevolence by Azumah Resources Ghana limited, one of such individuals is the unit committee chairman of Kalsegra, Mr Paschal Nang-Welle “This same company supported our health centre with health consumables, they donated cement for the construction of a wall around our KG block and now renovated our 3 unit classroom block.” The chief of Kalsegra, Naa Louis Panepoge, particularly encouraged residents to show appreciation to the company by giving it the needed assistance. “We wouldn’t have cooperated with Azumah if their activities were not beneficial to the community at large,” the chief emphasized.
Community Relations officer for Azumah Resources Ghana limited, Mr Solomon Dery indicated that the gesture was part of the company’s social responsibility to communities within its operational area. According to Mr Solomon, it cost the company GH¢21,000.00 to renovate the 3 unit classroom block. He therefore charged the community to plant more trees around the school to serve as a windbreak which can protect the school building against such disasters.
Azumah Resources Ghana limited is a gold exploration company that has been prospecting for the precious mineral in parts of the Upper West Region since 2005, some of its operational areas include Wa East, Wa West, Nandom, Jirapa, Lawra and the Nadowli/Kaleo district.