Views: 4,181 Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh, NADOWLI Rev. Fr. Peter Paul Yelletuo, principal — McCoy College of education has blessed Hon. Alban Bagbin, M...
Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh, NADOWLI
Rev. Fr. Peter Paul Yelletuo, principal — McCoy College of education has blessed Hon. Alban Bagbin, MP for Nadowli-Kaleo and Majority Leader of Parliament for his enormous contribution to infrastructural development of the McCoy College in the upper west region, since its inception in 2011.
The Rev. Father praised the Hon. MP saying; “he is really a bridge trying to mend our needs to join it up to standard.”
At his office in Accra, the Hon. MP said he had contributed 107000GH₵ from his own resources to the development of infrastructure of the college.
The college, currently, has seven structures with 231 students to boast of.
Rev. Fr. Yelletuo recounted that in 1995 a synod of the people of the Catholic Dioceses of Wa had conceived the idea to establish a college of education to argument the only two teacher training colleges by then in the region, and to build a stronger educational foundation in the Nadowli District, in particular.
But the decision, according to the Rev. Fr. remained only an idea till 2011 when the then Emeritus Bishop Paul Bemile decided to take concrete steps to turn the synod’s idea into a reality— establishment of McCoy College of education.
He went on, “and so we contacted the member of parliament, (MP) Hon. Alban Bagbin, as one of the significant fellows from the onset, and he referred us to the then District Chief Executive (DCE) Hon. Abu K. K; and the collaboration of the two worked very well and so they gave us a three unit classroom block and a dormitory block with four rooms.”
However, the college was started at Wanye spiritual renewal centre “because those were the facilities we showed to the accreditation board for certification in order to run the college as a tertiary institution,” Fr. Yelletuo stated.
But within a short time, the college began to face space constraint, and so the need to move to the permanent site “and that was when the Hon MP came in a full swim to give us electricity, a mechanised borehole with poly tanks for water, and co-financed the building of the administration block,”
Calling on the government for further assistance, the Rev. Fr. enumerated challenges facing the college to include: no assembly hall, no dining hall, no demarcation through the campus, and no playground.
He said for inadequate space, this academic year, the college could only admit 60 students.
When called on in his office at the district assembly, Hon John-Bosco Bomansan, the District Chief Executive confirmed the story and said “the Hon. MP has been so good.”