Mr Speaker, Mankranso Senior High School is the only one in the Ahafo-Ano South District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The school has a population of 1,128 made up of 644 boys and 484 girls. This school was established in 1991.
Mr Speaker, on Sunday, the 4th day of July, 2010, the students, the school authorities, parents and other stakeholders of the school experienced a s hocking and pathetic spectacle. At about 4.00 p.m., smoke was detected on the roof of one of the rooms in the boys' hostel. Mr Speaker, on detecting this, an alarm was raised but before anything could be done about the situation, the smoke had turned into an inferno.
Mr Speaker, the district does not have any Fire Service stations of its own. It shares the services of the Ghana National Fire Service personnel from Ahafo- Ano North, which lies about forty-five kilometres west of the district.
Mr Speaker, the authorities reached out to the Ghana National Fire Service personnel after a lot of “the number you are calling is currently not available. Please, try again later.”
Mr Speaker, after some forty minutes, the Ghana National Fire Service personnel managed to arrive from Tepa, thanks to the good nature of the MankransoTepa road built during the Kufuor Administration.
Mr Speaker, with their arrival and adding to the efforts that the people around were putting in to put off the fire, they managed to bring down the gutting fire.
Unfortunately, however, Mr Speaker, one of the rooms and the personal effects of the students, the beds, mattresses and everything in the room have been burnt
Mr Speaker, as I speak to you, the students who were on mid-term holidays have come back but due to the problem of accommodation, they have been asked to go back home for a few days to allow the authorities some space to put up temporary structures to accommodate them before they come back.
Mr Speaker, when I visited the scene on the 6th July, 2010, the spectacle was awful and pathetic . The poor students complained about having lost everything, including their books, trunks, chop boxes and their contents.
Mr Speaker, without making a long speech, I would like to use this opportunity to appeal to the Ministry of Education to turn an urgent attention to the school.
Mr Speaker, of urgent need to the school includes a dormitory block for the boys, mattresses, beds, food items of all kinds and school uniforms, among others.
I also wish to appeal to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) to come to the aid of the school as a matter of urgency, to restore the lost hope of the school.
I further appeal to philanthropists and well meaning Ghanaians to come to the aid of the school to salvage the students, authorities, parents and teachers from the already deplorable situation of the school that has been rendered more hopeless with this fire outbreak.
Thank you Mr Speaker, for allowing me to make this Urgent Statement on behalf of the Mankranso Senior High School.