Hon. Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Member of Parliament for Krachi West in the Volta Region, has dragged Minister for Education to parliament over abandoned Osramani Community Day Senior High School project in the Constituency.
According to the MP, construction works on the Government E-block project commenced by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administrations, has been abandoned, as the Contractor left site with his working machines.
The Osramani Community Day Senior High School was awarded in 2016, as part of the previous government education policies to build 200 Community Day Senior High Schools to reduce burden on students and parents from traveling far distance to access secondary education outside the constituency.
But work on the project has since been stalled soon after the NDC existed power in 2016. The Contractor, Messrs Happy Check Limited, has left the project site with his tools after clearing the ground and moved on site in 2016.
For over two years, the site remained abandoned and there was no any sign of government effort to make the contractor return to site.
This however, pushed Hon Helen Ntoso, who is also the former Volta Regional Minister posed question to the Minister for Education on the floor of parliament on Tuesday this week March12, 2019.
“Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Education whether the Ministry plans to construct the Osramani Community Day Senior High School building which was awarded in 2016,” she said on the floor of parliament.
In response , the Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempreh said, “the Contract to Construct Osramane Community Senior High School was awarded in June, 2015 as part of the 101No. E-Blocks being funded by the Government of Ghana.”
According to him, the project was awarded to Messrs Happy Check Limited and work was expected to commence on 25th September, 2015 for completion within 18-months.
But the Contractor, Messrs Happy Check Limited after clearing the site, failed to commence work on the project.
He said as the result, the Supervising Consultant has issued warning letters to the Contractor and recommended termination of the Contract for non-performance.
The explained that, the Ministry is considering termination the Contract for possible re-award, based on the availability of funds to those projects.
When asked to assure the august House, when the project work would be resume, Dr Prempreh said, the Ministry could not give timeline and that, that would be assured when there are funds.
However, the MP said, he’s he was not enthused by the answers given by the Minister on grounds that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to continue with projects commenced under the previous government.
She however appealed to the government through the Ministry to allow the contractor move back to site to continue work for the project to be complete for students to have access to secondary education in the area.