— as Community day SHS projects standstill
Member of Parliament (MP) for Sege constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Hon Christian Corletey Otuteye has charged government to as a matter of urgency speed up works on uncompleted developmental projects in the constituency to improve living condition of the people.
According to the MP, the completion of the Goi Community Day Senior High School project and the upgrading of Nakom Korpe to Koluedor and from Anyamam to Wokumagbe roads to bituminous surfacing would go a long way to improve standard of education and transportation in the constituency.
The Goi Community Day SHS in the Ada West District is one of the 200 community SHS spearheaded by the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC) flagship project in the country.
The project is said to be at 10 per cement complete but the contractor has since abandoned work on site after change of government in 2017.
Beside, the Community Day SHS project, roads in some communities in the constituency have been inaccessible to commuters and salt producers to transport their products to market centers.
Construction works on some roads in the constituency, including roads from Nakom Korpe to Koluedor and from Anyamam to Wokumagbe in 2015 under the previous government have been stalled.
This had triggered MP for the area, Hon Otuteye to summoned two Ministers, thus Minister for Education and that of Roads and Highways to parliament to explain as to why work activities on such important projects have stalled.
Tackling the Ministers on two separate questions on the floor, the MP asked,” Mr Speaker. I rise to ask the Minister for Education what is the Ministry’s programme of work on the community day Senior High School at Goi in the Sege Constituency.?”
On the question to road Minister, Mr Otuteye said, “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Minister for Roads and Highways when work on the following roads will be completed: (i) Nakom Korpe to Koluedor (ii) Anyamam to Wokumagbe.”
Answering question on the floor of parliament, Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempreh said, the project in question is part of the 200 Community Senior High School (CSHS) Projects of which 10 have been awarded in two phases.
He said, the Goi project falls within the second phase and being funded by the GOG through the Ghana Education Trust Fund( GETFund).
“Mr Speaker, the Project was awarded to Messrs Souburu Associates Limited for construction on the 10th June, 2015 at a contract price of GHS 7,793,224.65. The project consultant is Messrs Lamda Consult. The project was to be completed within 18 calendar months,” the Minister told parliament.
According to the Minister, the Contractor, Messrs Souburu Associates Limited has carried out of work at 10% and is expected to complete the project per his revised work schedule.
On his part, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwesi Amoako-Atta said, the Nakomkorpe to Korluedor road is captured in the Department of Feeder Roads database as Korluedor – Kpotsum – Nakomkorpe feeder road.
According to him, the road which is a 9.5km long feeder road in the Ada West District and that the section between km 0.0 and km3.0 is bituminous surfaces in good condition, while the remaining 6.5km, (that is, km3.0 – km9.50), section of the road is earth surfaced in poor condition.
The Minister said, a contract for the upgrading of the remaining 6.5km road to bitumen surfacing was awarded on 3rd October 2016 for completion by 23rd October 2017.
But the completion date has since elapsed and the contractor has also abandoned site since December 2016 due to government undue delay in paying for work done.
Mr Amoako-Atta explained that, several warning letters have been issued to the Contractor to resume work but the contractor is yet to resume work and that work done to date is still projected at 10%.
He said, “the Department of Feeder Roads (DFR) has initiated the process for termination of the contract,” but due process would be follow to engage a new contractor.
On the Anyaman to Wokumagbe road which is also a 9.5km feeder road is partially engineered road in poor condition, but there is no major rehabilitation programme on the road.
“Mr Speaker, the Ministry will be carrying out normal routine maintenance activities to keep the roads in use, ” adding that engineering design studies would be carried out on the road in the third quarter of 2018 for consideration in 2019 budget.
However, Hon Otuteye told THE REPUBLIC that, the two projects remained important to the constituent as the only senior high school, Sege SHS could not contain all students /children from the area.
The Goi Community senior high school, the MP said would served the community and it’s catchment areas when completed, stating, “the contractor is ready to move back to site but complained of lack of funds.”
For the roads project, Hon Otuteye said, the roads are important commercial roads for constituent who engaged in salt production to carry their products to the market centre and lamented the tardy progress on the projects.
Nonetheless, he appealed to the constituent to remained calm and rally behind him as he continues to makes efforts to ensure that government gives priority to the road and the school projects.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engalige Nyaaba