Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Member of Parliament, Tema East has commenced “MP’s school lighting for security and beautification,” project as part of efforts to reduce theft and other criminal behaviour in schools within the Constituency.
The project was inspired by the pervasive darkness and alarming social vices that were present in some of the schools in the constituency, with the goal to install LED streetlight sets at schools and the neighborhood around to help eliminate the menace.
Mr Odamtten identified the initial beneficiary schools as the Manhean Secondary Technical, Our Lady of Mercy Senior High (OLAMS), Manhean SDA, Mante Din Basic School Anglican schools, Oninku Drive 1&2 JHS, Akodzo Twedaase Primary, Padmore Primary, Manhean Methodist Basic School.
Other schools would be taken care of in the second phase of the project.
The Tema East MP told the Ghana News Agency in Tema during inspection of the project that in the first stage of the project, 84 sets of streetlights were installed at various vantage points on the school compound and in the immediate vicinity.
He said in accordance with the recommendations of the Education Directorate to provide better lighting in the evening for the beautification and security of life and property.
Mr William Ewuah, Senior Housemaster, the Manhean Secondary Technical School commended the Tema East MP for the initiative, describing it as one of the best of its kind.
He explained that the lights arrived just as the school was in desperate need of some.
Mr Ewuah added that the lights provided the school, particularly the boundaries, with much-needed relief, stressing the safety of students, teachers, and property in the school would be assured with improved visibility through the MP’s donation of LED bulbs.
Mr Adjetey Ansah, Head Teacher of Oniku Drive 1&2 JHS also commended Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten for being so generous toward the constituency.
Mr Ansah said the school’s grounds allegedly turned into a sanctuary for neighborhood wee smokers.
“Wee smokers congregated in large numbers on the school property every evening, after they are done smoking they jump the walls and break into the classrooms and the computer lab and run away with some valuables,” he lamented.
He said the MP’s initiative has provided relief and safety to both the school community and the neighborhood around the school.
The MP anticipated increased efforts to realize the goals of phases two and three of the Schools Lighting for Beautification and Security project.
All educational facilities, including classrooms, computer labs, and other equipment, must be connected to electricity to facilitate successful teaching and learning.