Government asked to complete abandoned Asogli State Senior High Technical School

Caleb Kuleke, GNA

Akoefe (V/R),
Jan.15, GNA – The chiefs and people of Akoefe Traditional Area in the Ho
Municipality have appealed to government to complete the abandoned Asogli State
Senior High Technical School (SHTS) at Akoefe in the Ho Municipality of the
Volta Region.

They said education
formed the bedrock of any progressive society therefore it was important to
place premium on it to ensure that children who were future leaders were well
equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills.

Togbe Drake Tsigbe
IV, Paramount Chief of the area made the appeal on behalf of the people at a
community interface meeting organized by GOSANET FOUNDATION and People’s
Dialogue, and the Social Audit Committee of Ho Municipal Assembly as part of
the implementation of the Support for Decentralization Reform (SFDR) Programme
in collaboration with the Ministry for Local Government and Rural Development
at Akoefe Kpodzi.

He said the delay of
the project was having a serious toll on the education of the children in the
area, with many leaving the town for urban centres for jobs.

The community
interface meeting formed part of the Governance project component aimed at
promoting Social Accountability and ensuring Good Governance in the country
with sponsorship from GIZ.

The construction of
the Asogli State SHTS started in May 5, 2016 and expected to be completed in
May 2017, but the project has been abandoned by the contractor.

As part of SFDR
Programme, the Social Audit Committee of the Ho Municipal Assembly and its
partners conducted a social audit of the project to ascertain why it has been
abandoned and to see how best the situation could be addressed for its

Mr Samuel Yao
Atidzah, Chairman of the Ho Municipal Social Audit Committee and Executive
Director, GOSANET FOUNDATION, said the project was 97 per cent complete and
that a total of Gh¢860,992.8 had been spent out of the Gh¢1,499,984.68
allocated for the project.

He said the project
is Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) project being executed by Andilut
Limited, and that the community interface meeting was aimed at sharing the
findings of the social audit committee with the community and also solicit
views from them on how best to find solution to the problem.

Members of the
community during open discussions also pleaded with government to take the
necessary actions to complete the abandoned project to promote technical
education in the area.