Regional News of Friday, 19 August 2016
The Member of Parliament for Adaklu, Mr. Kwame Agbodza has expressed dissatisfaction over the progress of work on the Community-Day Senior High School project in the area.
The Ghc7.4 million World Bank funded project which is being executed by Messe SARBAH constructions Ltd at Adaklu-Abuadi, commenced in October 2015 and scheduled for completion at the end September 2016.
However, it has emerged during a surprise visit to the project site by the MP and his DCE, Emmanuel Sky Ganaku with some traditional leaders that, the 3 storey E-block project with a gate house is currently 64 percent completed instead of an 80 percent completion.
This did not go down well with MP, as he fears a delay in the timeline for the delivery of the school project, which is part of President Mahama’s 200 community-day SHS projects.
“This project was to be completed by September in anticipation of students’ enrolment in the new academic year. But with what we are seeing now, I’m doubtful if the school can be ready as scheduled,” Mr. Agbodza told Starr News and wondered why the project was behind schedule, when funds have been made available to the contractor.
“The consultant has confirmed that there is no problem about payment on this job. Government honours their certificates on time, so I do not understand why the work is now 64 percent complete instead of 80 percent.”
He, however, urged the contractor to speed up work on the project and deliver it on schedule, without compromising on quality as it is crucial for the improvement of education in the Adaklu district.
A director of the construction firm, Mr. Edem Sarbah acknowledged the delay in the execution of the project, and attributed to the topography of the project location and some issues with the workforce. The challenges, according to him, have since been resolved and work is progressing steadily, with the introduction of night shift in order to meet the project deadline.
He has therefore assured all stakeholders of the company’s commitment towards delivering school project by the end of October 2016.
“There was a little break in the work because site was not really good and we also had few issues with some of the workers but everything is on track now. We have augmented our progress of work with night shift and we are doing double of what we were doing in order to meet the deadline.”
Meanwhile, work on the Lot B of the school project comprising of a headmaster’s bungalow, staff quarters and a canteen, being handled by another contractor, Macoby Ltd is almost completed with some finishing works left to be done.