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04.03.2013 General News

400 students evacuated from 'poorly built' dormitory

By myjoyonline
The dormitory of Nadowli Queen of Peace Senior High School, which has now become a white elephant.
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The dormitory of Nadowli Queen of Peace Senior High School, which has now become a white elephant.

Authorities at the Nadowli Queen of Peace Senior High School in the Upper West Region, have evacuated the students from the girls' dormitory for fear of the building collapsing on them.

Deep cracks have emerged in the structure which was handed over to the school authorities in June 2008.

Joy News' correspondent Rafiq Salam reported of serious defects on the one-storey structure.

According to Rafiq, some of the concrete pillars on the first floor are not in alignment with those on the ground floor and he could hear the sound of one's footsteps on the first floor, while on the ground floor.

The girls, numbering about 400, have now been moved to the schools dining hall which is not properly ventilated, raising fears of possible disease outbreak in an area which is well known for the deadly cerebro-spinal meningitis (CSM) disease.

Chief Executive for the Nadowli District Abu Kasambata hinted of a possible probe into the construction of the building, which was funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

Mr. Kasambata said serious sanctions will be applied to the contractor, if it emerged that he used substandard materials during the construction of the building.



Story by Ghana/Myjoyonline.com/Jerry Tsatro Mordy

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