St. Augustinus JHS in Axim in the Nzema East Municipal of the Western Region has won the 2021 annual Sixth edition of the Western Region Inter-District Independence Day Quiz Competition held at Wassa Akropong last Thursday.

The champions beat their closest contenders VRA International School from the Shama District with 36.5 points and Peace International School which representing the Jomoro Municipality.

The defending champions, Tarkwa UMaT Basic School, placed fourth with 33 points. 

BOPP Basic School from the Mpohor District placed fifth with 28 points with Services Basic School from the Takoradi Metro placing 6th with 27 points and RIIS Presby School from the Wassa Amenfi East coming 7th with 22 points. 

The champions took away a trophy, gold medals, a multipurpose printer machine, Dell laptops, educational tablets for the three contestants, text books, plaques, certificates, school bags and T-shirts.

The first runner-up took away medals, a laptop, certificates, tablets, school bags, textbooks, T-shirts, plaques, while the second runner-up, Peace International School, received the same package.

Speaking at the event, Alex Obu-Simpson, the Acting Vice President and Head of HR and Corporate Affairs who represented the Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields West Africa, Alfred Baku, commended the chiefs for their continuous promotion of education in the region.

He added, “the competition aligns with Gold Fields’ commitment to education why is the request to be the headline sponsor of this programme received the full support of our Executive Committee members.

“This is our commitment as a business to support the Sustainable Development number four which focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.” 

On her part, Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asumah-Hinneh, the special guest of honour congratulated the participating schools and the planning committee for their focus on promoting education.

She urged the students to focus on their education and become better and responsible citizens in society.

The Chairman for the Occasion Tetrete Akuamoah Sekyim II and Paramount Chief of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area lauded the commitment of sponsors of the programme and called on them to put in place measures to sustain such an initiative by the traditional leadership of the region.

He also advised students not to be involved in activities that will endanger their lives.  

The Managing Director of Perseus Mining Ghana Ltd, Dr. Stephen Kofi Ndede underscored the relevance of education to the overall development of the region.

He assured of Perseus Mine’s commitment towards enhancing quality education in the region.

On his part, the Executive Chairman of the organizing and planning committee Obrempong Hima Dekyi XIV and Omanhene of Upper Dixcove Traditional Area applauded sponsors such as Gold Fields Ghana Ltd for twice headlining the quiz programme, Perseus Mining Ghana Ltd, Takoradi International Company Ltd (TICO-TAQA), BCM International Group as gold sponsors, Wayoe Engineering and Construction Ltd, Seedco Construction, Engineers and Planners, and Westfield as sponsors.

Others include BBS Construction, REF Engineering, Office of the Members of Parliament for Wassa Amenfi East, Tarkwa Nsuaem, Jomoro, Ellembelle, Evalue Ajomoro Gwira, Mpohor and Shama constituencies for their immense contributions. 

Obrempong Hima Dekyi said that the quiz competition, which was an initiative of the chiefs in the region, has come to stay.

Thirteen Municipalities and Districts in the Western Region participated in the competition, namely, Wassa Amenfi East (Host), Wasa Amenfi Central and West, Prestea Huni Valley, Tarkwa Nsuaem, Mpohor, Ahanta West, Takoradi Metro, Shama, Wassa East, Nzema East, Ellembelle and Jomoro Municipal and District Assemblies.