Some contractors are undermining the government’s model school projects, Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama has stated.
Inspecting schools earmarked for model schools or centres of excellence in the Western Region, the Vice President deplored the poor performance of some of the contractors working on the projects and noted that such attitude “undermine government effort at promoting excellence in rural schools”.
“The non-performance of some contractors is a concern. The government has come out with many projects, but due to non-performance of some contractors, we are lagging behind. But we hope that they will deliver in no time,” he said.
During the three-day tour, the Vice-President visited the Sefwi-Wiawso, Wassa Akropong, Akontombra and Shama Secondary Schools.
On Sunday, the Assistant Headmaster of Sefwi-Wiaso Secondary School, Kwaku Tsikata, told Alhaji Mahama that WYBA Contraction Limited, working on the library abandoned the project a year ago.
He said that the delay in executing the project had affected teaching and learning.
Work on the girls’ dormitory being undertaken by another contractor, Top Target Construction, work was also lagging behind.
Last year, the Western Regional Minister, A.E. Amoah, also visited the same site and asked the contractor to speed up work.
The Vice President, who was not happy about the state of projects at the school, told the foreman on site, Kofi Dwomoh, “You’re frustrating government’s efforts, your contractors are throwing us back, Why ?
“You either work hard and complete the project or we terminate your work.”
Alhaji Mahama directed Top Target Construction to report immediately to the Regional Minister for the matter to be resolved.
At the Wassa Akropong Secondary School, the Headmistress, Ms Faustina Barbara Adarkwa, complained that the contractor working on the dining-hall which was started in 2003 had abandoned the site.
The vice president asked the headmistress to write officially about the issue to the Regional Minister.
When Alhaji Mahama visited the Omanhene of Amenfi Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Bassanyi, the chief also complained about the performance of contractors in the area particularly those on the roads.
He suggested that those found not performing, should be sanctioned.
“Roads are great investments and are dear to the hearts of Amenfiman. If they had done their jobs well, we would have seen development,” Nana Bassanyin told the Vice President.
Responding, Alhaji Hahama said he was in the region to listen to people, especially traditional leaders so that problems would be addressed.
On the health front, the Nsawora Health Centre, which is almost completed had been abandoned for about three years now. The Times learnt that the project had delayed because of lack of funding.
Meanwhile, the health needs of the people could not be met and anytime there was an emergency the people found it difficult to access a health facility.
The District Chief Executive of Sefwi-Wiaso, Appiah Kubi Baidoo, told the Times that the project had delayed because the contractor, Kendicks, claimed he had not received funds from the government.
“We appeal to the government to make money available to speed up work here. Because of the road-network, the people cannot receive immediate attention at Wiaso.
“This place is the first point of call for emergencies, we will be glad to see it completed,” he said.