St. Paul’s Secondary School old students poised to rehabilitate their alma mater

The National Executive Committee, NEC of the old students’ association of St. Paul’s Secondary and Minor Seminary School, SPACO, Denu in the Volta Region inaugurates its Project Implementation Committee, PIC, a sub-committee of the NEC for the Schools’ housing renovation project. This unique ceremony was held via Zoom virtual meeting and was streamed live on the association’s Facebook accounts.

Speaking at the inauguration, the national president of the old students’ association, Conq. Joshua Sosu noted that although the idea has been a general observation that the infrastructure that houses students on the campus was dilapidated and needed a facelift. The idea of the renovation was however, the brainchild of the previous national leadership and was dubbed; Operation Hatsukope Alpha 1 (OHA1). The then executives created a lot of structures including the formation of a bid committee and house level leadership to oversee specific aspect of the renovation, he recounted.

The new leadership upon assumption of office, identified some challenges from the reports of OHA1 with many recommendations. One major recommendation that the report made, was the establishment of the Project Implementation Committee, PIC, to oversee the fundraising and execution of the project, Conq. Sosu asserted.

He continued to say that a thorough evaluation and scrutiny, amidst interest from several individuals was done to select and draw from numerous persons with expertise in banking, finance, project management, engineering, information technology etc. to constitute the PIC.

“There are elaborate structures in place for accountability and transparency” the president assured.

The headmaster of the school, Mr. Augustine Amedeker in his recorded speech, mentioned during the inauguration that, the current students’ population amounting to about 1,682 is putting much pressure on the existing facilities and it is also affecting effective teaching and learning in the school although successive governments and past students are doing a lot.

He enumerated some of the major infrastructural challenges affecting the school and it includes;

The 15 units dilapidated classroom block
  • Lack of renovation for the Schools’ Assembly hall and Science laboratory
  • Lack of Open Bath house for the houses
  • Lack of renovation for the dining hall
  • Lack of renovation of the 15 units classroom block
  • Poor lightening system in both classroom blocks and dormitories.

Mr. Amedeker thanked the old students and executives for the some of the developmental projects they have done in the school and among them is;

  • Improvement of the school’s water system
  • Renovation of the Visual Arts classroom block
  • Construction of bio digest gas project
  • Setting up of Science and Maths block
  • Mounting of a modernised Signage at the Entrance/Gate of the school; and
  • Laying of pavements on the access roads of the school.

During the inauguration, a 15 minutes video of the poor and dilapidated nature of infrastructure in the school was played to participants. Commenting on the video, the national vice president of the association, Conq. Robert Worname, who also served as the moderator of the event asked fellow Conquerors to come on board to ‘cloth the nakedness’ and bring back the glorious ‘beauty’ of their mother (Spaco) who nurtured and taught them to be responsible citizens. He also appealed to his colleagues to support the national executives to bring back excellent academic performance to the school.

The board chairman of the governing council of the school, Prof. Conq. .Augustine Ocloo lamented about the poor nature and neglect the school is going through and called for an operation “Occupy Spaco” which involves setting up an endowment fund which would be a sustainable funding that would expedite the human and physical resources’ demand the school requires. 

The Charmian of the PIC, Conq. William Hwanompe, an Economist/Entrepreneur acknowledged that, though the task is a tedious and herculean one, he and his formidable team will put in every effort to see the project come to fruition. 

Touching on the commitment of the PIC members and the entire old students, the chairperson of the inauguration Conq. Roderick Ocloo called on everyone to come on board to support the objective of the project. He caution against casting insinuations and finding faults with people for the problems of the school.

 “The deterioration of St Paul’s started long ago and so, we cannot be blaming anyone for it. We just want to come in as a body interested in restoring our alma mater to an acceptable level” Conq. Roderick Ocloo said.

He further called on the PTA and other stakeholders to all play their roles. He also requested lot of sacrifice from the PIC members.

The Spaco Housing Renovation Project for four houses namely; Fiti, Appietu, Joe Nellis & Kafre’ houses, (house 1, 2, 3 & 4 respectively) is expected to cost around $120,800 equivalent to 700,000 Ghc with an estimated one year project cycle.

The PIC is inviting donations and pledges from all and not limited to the past students and stakeholders alone but corporate, government and all other institutions for the implementation of the renovation project.

List of Project Implementation Committee Members, Name & Industry Experience

William HwanompeEconomist/Entrepreneur
 2Daniel AmenyeawuBusiness development and financing  
 3Edward BonuediChartered quantity surveyor/Contractor  
 4Tony KumedzroEnterpreneur/Business executive  
 5Roland SalamiChartered quantity surveyor. Project mgt  
 6Fedelis AdoteviChartered quantity surveyor. Project mgt  
 7Alphonse BebliLogistics/Operations  
 8Christian HottorFinance/Budget  
 9Larry Attipoe EsqChartered valuer, Lawyer and Chartered accountant  
 10Daniel GloverBusiness operations & Business development  
 11Bernard Ayivor Operations/Banking  
 12Edward Yaw UdzuEntrepreneur/Publishing  
 13Emmanuel DogbatseBusiness Executive  
 14Alex AdzinkuQuantity surveyor  
 15Stephen Kweku MawuliValuer/Property consultant  
 16Johnson KporhaMarketer/Banker
 17Eugene KabuEngineering
 18Zigah SelasieEngineering, Risk Management and Finance
 19Chris GodigbeBusiness/Sales executive
 20Diana SogbeCivil servant
 21Agbeko KumordzieFinance
 22Johnson SowuBusiness executive
 23Wonder NditsiAgro business executive
 24Livingstone AtorkeyBusinessman
 25Tony YovonooMarketing executive  

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