April 26, 2017
The national executive of OBBA (Old Bo Boys Association), led by erstwhile Education Minister, Dr Alpha Tejan Wurie, has hailed recent critical interventions by government and its local and international branches which have breathed new life into The Bo School (Government Secondary School, Bo) and given it significant facelift.
Upon taking office a year ago, a cross section of the national executive led by Dr Alpha Tejan Wurie embarked on a fact finding mission at the school to unearth the problems affecting the academic output of the pupils so as to tackle them with a view to improving the overall performance of the school particularly in public examinations.
In light of the foregoing, Dr Alpha Wurie in May 2016 hosted a reception for OBBA members, OBBA families and branch representatives at his residence at Hill Station in Freetown, where a power point presentation was made highlighting the requirements of the school in four thematic areas as follows: Academic, Games and Sports, Hygiene and Infrastructure.
The response has since been very satisfactory. To start with, the UK&I branch was encouraged by the national executive to change its intended intervention from boreholes and water wells to rehabilitation of the 11 blocks housing 22 classrooms, costing between 10,000 to 12,000 Pounds. The rehabilitated structures were handed over to the school administration during the just concluded OBBA celebrations.
Also, the USA branch has undertaken the construction of a water and shower system on campus worth 298 million Leones, whilst among the local branches the Sierra Rutile branch has spent over 50 million Leones to rehabilitate the school library.
The Bo branch, though, rehabilitated the school stage which served as centerpiece for the Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony while the Western Area has launched the rehabilitation of the lecture theatre estimated at 25 million Leones.
Meanwhile, the latest intervention of the Government of Sierra Leone which owns the school has been laudable.
President Ernest Bai Koroma after a meeting with OBBA members responded to the requests they made by immediately instructing his ministers to take action in the following areas: Linking the school water system with the Bo water grid; install solar lights from up school to the boarding facilities, pave one and half mile road within the campus; pay voluntary teachers who have not received salaries for a number of years.
It is worth noting that whilst the Ministers of Works, Water Resources and Energy and Power have all made moves to carry out His Excellency’s instruction there has been no cooperation from the Education Minister with regards payment of the unpaid teachers.
OBBA is particularly full of praise for Vice President Victor B. Foh, an old boy of the school, for facilitating a meeting with the Chinese Embassy in which requests were made to the Chinese government as follows: 10 to 15 KVA generator for academic facilities; 25 to 30 KVA generator for the hostels; and rehabilitation and equipping of the Science Laboratories.
Additionally, VP Foh paid for 100 high density foam mattresses that have already been delivered to the school. He has also started negotiations to procure a 15 KVA Perkins Generator for the school.
OBBA National President Dr Alpha Wurie has on behalf of his executive profusely thanked His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh and all OBBA branches for their respective interventions which he says will go a long way in maintaining Bo School as the school of excellence it was established to be.