The old Makeni Franciscans Association (OMFA) over the weekend handed over a newly constructed resource centre to the St. Francis Secondary School authorities and its proprietors to be utilized by the school’s administration, pupils and the public.
The ultra modern state-of-the-art resource centre was funded and constructed by the Old Makeni Franciscans Association. It is equipped with modern facilities including an internet café, library, conference hall and VIP toilets worth over (US$150,000) one hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars.
The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, Stakeholders in Makeni, Local authorities; past and present pupil’s of the school and their parents.
In his welcome address the Mayor of Makeni City Council Moses Sesay said St. Francis Secondary School is one of the best schools in the country and expressed thanks and appreciation to all those who had in diverse ways contributed towards the project and the educational sector in Makeni.
The design and construction of the resource centre was pioneered by the innovative and enthusiastic Siray Timbo who had assiduously served as President of the old Makeni Franciscans Association (OMFA) for the past eight years.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony Siray Timbo expressed thanks and appreciation to the school’s administration, past and present pupils of the St. Francis Secondary School for their valuable support towards the project.
Siray Timbo also expressed gratitude to MODCON Construction Company for the timely completion of the project and the quality of the work. He added that the new resource centre was purely designed and equipped by IDEAS Partnership Limited.
The President of OMFA also commended past students from the United States of America and United Kingdom for their valuable contribution towards the project and other activities. He also praised the management and staff of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank. Concluding Siray Timbo called on the school’s administration and the pupils to make good use of the resource centre and encouraged them to adopt a culture of maintenance of the facilities.
George Bigguzzi His Lordship of the Makeni Diocese also expressed gratitude to OMFA members for taking the lead to connect the school with the rest of the world through Information and Communication adding that the resource centre will improve educational standards at the school.
The Minister of Education Youth and Sports Dr. Minkailu Bah and the Minister of Mines and Presidential Affairs Alpha Kanu also made statements at the ceremony and encouraged others to emulate the good example of OMFA.
Delivering the keynote address the Minister of Information and Communication Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said the resource centre will enhance the academic performance of the school and it will also compliment the President’s Agenda for Change.
He noted that the Government is committed and determined to provide one lap top per child and to also improve on access and affordability to information and communication technologies in schools and for the general public. He reiterated Government’s continuous support to the St. Francis School.
The ceremony was chaired by Alie Badara Mansaray Vice President of OMFA and Deputy Minister of Agriculture while several statements were made by past students of the School from America and Britain who promised to promote and support the school to help improve on the educational standards. Cutting of tape and a conducted tour of the resource centre climaxed the ceremony.
By Saidu Bah