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GETfund projects abandoned at Akatsi Sec Tech

At least, three major education projects under the construction of the Ghana Education Trust Fund, GETFund have been abandoned at the Akatsi Secondary Technical School in the Volta Region.

The various GETfund projects on campus, including 24 class room blocks and the administration block, which work was nearing completion, had been abandoned by contractor since 2017.

According to authorities, the school needed the abandoned projects badly as students are been parked in the few completed class rooms.

The projects which are of various level of construction were awarded for on contracts between 2015/2026 under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress(NDC), but has since been abandoned after change of government.

The projects includes two separate 12 unit classroom blocks and an administration block funded by the GETFund.

But works on the projects has stalled since 2017, making school authorities and students squeezed in some of the uncompleted class rooms.

The situation became worst when the government introduced the free Senior High School and the Double Track system without better and spacious facilities.

The school authorities and students are therefore appealing to the government to as a matter of urgency ensure that the contractor returns to site to complete the projects.

A visit to the constituency by THE REPUBLIC news team revealed that a lot of investments had gone into the projects.

The Contractors were not on project sites, but there were heap of sand, wood and cement on the site which indicated the contractors readiness to work to complete the projects for the school to start using them.

Some of the Teachers who spoke to THE REPUBLIC under condition of anonymity of Akatsi South, expressed concern about the abrupt halt in the construction of a 24-classroom blocks that was meant to give them access to quality education.

They said, apart from the inadequate facilities causing congestion, many children who are equally qualified to be admitted into the school are been denied as a result of the lack of classrooms.

When the Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Hon Bernard Ahiafor was contacted, he said the projects awarded under the NDC administration was to expand the school intake to promote quality free education.

But the current administration has come to halt the work and Contractors left site, adding that, the delay in completing the projects would affect quality education in the constituency and in the region.

The MP therefore called on government to as a matter of urgency expedite action and let the contractors come back on site to complete the projects to improve standard of education in the area.

Other abandoned development projects in the Akatsi South includes a 11.9km road from Akatsi towns, Dagbamate and Avenorpome, communities awarded in 2015 to open up the District with its farming communities.

In addition to that, are health facilities including Doctors and Nurses bungalow as well as a general administration block of the Akatsi District hospital are all been abandoned.
This, Hon AHIAFOR expressed disappointed in government and wondered why such national projects meant for the people are left to rot.

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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