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Video: School project at standstill a year after structure collapsed to kill 6 children

By Lorlornyofm January 31, 2018 21:10

Video: School project at standstill a year after structure collapsed to kill 6 children

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Bremen Jamra has said the Assembly is yet to receive its Common Fund to finish a six-unit classroom project it promised to complete last year.

Isaac Odoom said there are many of such projects yet to be completed and until the Funds are released there is little the Assembly could do.

He told Emefa Apawu on Newsnight Wednesday that they are yet to pay the contractor who recently finished work on an adjoining kindergarten project which collapsed and killed some pupils last year.

In a tragic incident that shook the entire nation, six children lost their lives when their school building collapsed on them in January last year.

Days after that incident several assurances were given that a new school building will be constructed for them at the Breman Jamra School.

The Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, together with the Ghana Education Service and other opinion leaders visited the school.

They made promises to ensure that the school is built ahead of schedule to avoid the recurrence of the incident.

But exactly a year after the incident nothing has been done.

Work on the six-unit classroom block is at a standstill while the school continues to battle increasing numbers with classrooms containing up to 70 pupils.

The DCE in an interview with Joy News last year promised to relocate the school pupils from a dilapidated structure after reports that the children were being housed in a rundown building.

A year on, Isaac Odoom admitted that the Assembly is yet to complete rebuilding the six-unit classroom block.

He explained that after the unfortunate incident with the kindergarten building, the Assembly secured funding from the Common Fund and awarded the contract.

Once work began, many NGOs promised to take up the various cost of the project.

According to the Assemblyman, he contacted Golden Keys which promised to collaborate with the Assembly and did so.

“The total cost of the project is ¢162,000 and the NGO initially paid half of it. They promised to pay an additional ¢20,000 which is yet to be paid,” he said.

He refuted claims that Golden Keys paid up to ¢200,000 for the completion of the project and refurbishing the six-unit classroom.

Mr Odoom questioned how anyone could pay an amount higher than the total cost of the project.

Watch Joy News’ Justice Baidoo’s report:

Source: Ghana| |Abubakar Ibrahim

By Lorlornyofm January 31, 2018 21:10
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