The Youth of Kotobabi have finally agreed that the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) should construct a Millennium School with modern facilities on the Unity Cluster of Schools compound at Kotobabi, which they claim serves as a recreation ground for them.
This follows a meeting between the Mayor of Accra, Dr Alfred Vanderpuje, the chiefs of Mamobi, and the youth in the community to end the one-year talks on whether or not to build the Millennium City School on the Unity Compound.
The agreement came when Dr Vanderpuje assured the youth that the construction of the school building would in no way affect the activities on the park as only a portion of the park would be used for the construction.
He further explained that the construction of the school would help reduce the overpopulation of students in the classroom and also help end the shift system within the metropolis.
“I understand your need to have a playground but you must also understand that the education of the younger generation is at stake,” he said.
The construction of the school building, he added, was a constitutional requirement which needed to be met, hence the need to put up the structure for the benefit of the community.
The youth leader, Antahir Suraj, pledged to support the construction of the school on condition that the place would be tarred to improve its condition.
He thanked the Accra mayor and the AMA for their understanding of the needs of the youth.
Since the abolition of the shift system, students of the Unity Preparatory School have been attending school on the premises of Culinary Catering School, which has been rented by the AMA at GH¢12,000 per academic year.
The AMA is expected to build 48 school blocks but has so far secured funding for the construction of 27 from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) and USAID.