GH¢324,000 basic school building ‘rots’ away due to shoddy work

A partly oil-funded six-unit classroom block constructed for the Brosankro Methodist Primary School in the Tano South Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region is fast deteriorating after it was ‘completed’ two years ago.

The GH¢324,140 central government project was partly funded by GH¢108,268 petroleum revenue and handed over to the school in 2016.

Two years on, visible defects are visible all over the project executed by Messrs. Rolat Enterprise Limited.

Classroom floors are in bad repair, doorframes are coming loose, and ceilings are fast deteriorating.

Furniture was also not provided when the project was handed over, according to the Headteacher of the School, John Ali.

The school, he said, had to borrow a few desks from a sister school in the community. With that, three pupils have to share a desk.

This came to light when members of Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) inspected petroleum revenue-funded projects in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The inspection of petroleum revenue-funded projects was supported by the Germany Development Corporation (GIZ).

Briefing the team, the Headteacher said efforts were made to get the contractor to correct all the defects before he was paid in full, but the contractor managed to collect the retention on their blind side.

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Mr. Ali appealed to the powers that be to hold the contractor accountable for the shoddy work done, adding: “The school is now falling on the Municipal Assembly to help correct the overwhelming defects”.

The Chairman of PIAC, Dr. Steve Manteaw, was disappointed at the shoddy work done and stressed the need for the state to crack the whip on contractors who execute projects of such nature, indicating that the PIAC will report the matter to appropriate quarters for the necessary action.

Dr. Manteaw partly attributed the unfortunate development to failure to delegate monitoring and supervisory roles to local authorities like District Assemblies when awarding central government contracts.

He advocated reforms in awarding central government projects by entrusting Assemblies and local communities with the power to monitor such projects.

In an interview with the B&FT, the MCE for Tano South – Collin Offinam Takyi said: “The assembly has to dig deep to finance the correction of defects on classroom blocks”.

He said this could have been avoided if the authorities had done due diligence in awarding the contract.

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