Upper West Minister inspects projects
Form Musah Umar Farouq, Wa
THE UPPER West Regional Minister, Amin Amidu Sulemani, has appealed to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) Administrator to give priority to the two new Senior High Schools (SHSs) being established by the Government in the region, by releasing funds for their completion.
The two schools, Funsi SHS in the Wa East District and Dr. Hilla Limann SHS in the Sissala West District, were awarded on contract in 2010, and were expected to have been completed by March, 2012, but are now at a stand-still, and unless the projects are tackled with urgency, admission of students would be affected in September, when schools re-open.
The Regional Minister, who was on an inspection tour of projects in the region, was accompanied by Mr. Yahaya Iddrisu, the Regional Education Director and the Regional Planning Officer, Mr. Yango K. Crispin
The District Chief Executive, Mr. Ameen Salifu, led the Regional Minister and his entourage to inspect a 12-Unit classroom block, an administration block, two semi-detached staff bungalows, an Assembly Hall and a 500-bed capacity Girls dormitory.
The projects, which were being constructed at an initial sum of GH¢1,651,096 are being funded by GETFund, with five of them still in their advanced stages of completion.
The Regional Minister also inspected a two storey building hostel facility at the Tumu College of Education, an ultra modern dining hall structures at the Tumu Senior High Technical School (SHTS) and Kanton SHS and a completed bridge in Chinchng in the Sissala East District.
The Principal of the Tumu College of Education, Mr. Morrow Issahaku, said the project was originally planned as masters’ bungalow, but they (school authority) had to convert it into a student hostel facility, in anticipation of the government increasing college enrolment from 9,000 to 11,000 in next academic year.
The District Chief Executive for Sissala East, Madam Alijata Sulemana, who took the Regional Minister round, promised to give Tumu SHTS a mechanized borehole to address the challenge of inadequate water supply to the school.
In Gwullo, the District Chief Executive Mr. Moses Dramani Luri, led the Regional Minister to inspect Dr. Hilla Limann SHS.
The projects include a 12-Unit classroom block, a dining hall, two dormitory blocks, an administration/laboratory block, two number-three bedroom bungalows for staff, four number semi-detached bungalows and an ultra modern library block.
The Regional Minister expressed gratitude to contractors and appealed to them to speed up work to enable the school to take off in September this year.
Sulemani has, therefore, threatened to blacklist any contractor who fail to either go to site or complete projects allocated to it , and further asked contractors and stakeholders in the country to be responsible in their call of duty
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