Ghana National College old students inaugurates ‘Ghanacoll Gateway Project’

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The 1993 Year group of Ghana National College (GNC) has built what they describe as a befitting entrance to serves as an ultra-modern image of the school.

The School Gate Project, a creation of the 20th Century invention as the school approaches its 70th Milestone in 2018 is expected to add value to the school’s status.

GNC is the only school in Ghana that took the name ‘Ghana’ even before the Gold Coast attained independence and adopted the name.

Speaking at the inauguration of the project, President of the 1993 Year Group of Ghana National College, Samuel Ashley Jnr said the Gateway Project represents one of the major signposts heralding the school’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2018.

“Looking back at what Ghanacoll has done for us and several generations of Nananom, we were committed to completing the project at any cost,” he said.

Nana Ebow Botsio, the then president of the 1993 Year Group recalled fond memories of their days in school and called on past students to do more in their contributions to their alma mater.

 “We came to Ghanacoll to read about the sacrifices some youth of the then Gold Coast made in 1948 towards the attainment of independence.

"That included the students’ strike in Cape Coast that saw the closure of all the boys’ secondary schools in Cape Coast and eventually the dismissal of a number of their teachers and eventually the founding of Ghana National College in July, 1948, nine clear years before the attainment of independence and the choice of the name ‘Ghana.’"

Years on, we are emboldened as a relatively youthful group of Nananom to drive this effort to attain this landmark”, he added.

The Year Group reports overwhelming support received by the Year group towards the project that included a receipt from senior Nananom, juniors non-Nananom, and friends for the execution of this project.

For his part, the National President of Nananom, Nana Ben Odai, lauded the bold efforts of the 1993 Year Group.

“Our elders say those who climb a tree well deserve a push. The 1993 Year Group has proven to be a dynamic one and the national executive on behalf of all Nananom support the ‘Ghanacoll Gateway Project”, he stated.

Nana Ben Obodai encouraged all to contribute meaningfully to the fund raising to ensure that the entire project is completed.

“Other initiatives are lined up to make the 70th anniversary not only memorable for Nananom and all connected to the school but also a beneficial one to the school. One of the lines of our school anthem charges us thus, ‘Our school, our age, our land to bless," he said.

Details of the ‘Ghanacoll Gateway Project’ released by the 1993 Year Group, showed various categories of donors whose names would be immortalised in a marble stone to be fixed to the promenade of the new gate.

The GNC headmistress, Juliana Owusu-Ansah, admonished the past students to let the history of the futuristic ‘Ghanacoll Gateway Project’ bear their name by contributing to the building of the new school gate.

The first phase of the project cost GH100,000.