The two-storey block, an initiative of the Member of Parliament of Ho Central Constituency, Benjamin Komla Kpodo, has four classrooms, skills laboratory, staff rooms, conference room, five offices, stores and 24 washrooms.
At a ceremony to hand over the building to the Ministry of Health, Mr. Kpodo expressed delight that the increase in the institution’s intake would offer opportunities for more people to access professional health training.
“The alternative will have been for those young people to remain languishing at home, roaming in the streets in disappointment with diminished hope in the future,” he said, adding that the project was not a dream he had realised but hope restored for young people of the area.
According to him, education and training at a professional and higher level enhances opportunities for securing and maintaining a career or job for life.
He thanked all those who supported him on the project, and noted that there were other projects being executed in the College that seeks to transform the lives of the students and the community.
He announced that the GETFund was sponsoring the construction of an assembly hall and a students’ hostel to improve conditions in the school.
Mr. Kpodo also presented a cheque for GH¢4,800 to support the education of 16 needy students of the college.
The Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, who received the keys to the block, on behalf of the institution, commended the MP for the gesture and foresight, and urged other benevolent individuals and institutions to complement the government’s effort in improving the quality and access to healthcare in the country.
He entreated the students to take advantage of the facility to improve upon their training to enable them contribute to the development of the country.
He pledged to facilitate the allocation of a new school bus to the college to facilitate training activities.
While explaining the rationale for the withdrawal of the allowances for some tertiary training institutions, Mr. Segbefia reiterated the government’s commitment to pay all outstanding allowances to the nurses.
He said the delay was as a result of some technical challenges at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, and indicated that the monies would be paid as soon as the problem was resolved.
He also hinted on the government’s intention to export nurses to other countries as means of generating foreign exchange for the country.
Ms. Josephine Ansu-Gyeabour, Principal of the college, also expressed appreciation to the MP for the assistance.
She appealed to the government to help in constructing residential accommodation for the students and staff, which she said, was a great need of the institution.
From Yaw Kyei, Ho.