The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has expressed worry over government’s failure to continue the Mpaha Community Day School in the Central Gonja District.
The former president finds it disappointing that a project in the Yapei Kusawgu Constituency of the Savanna region, which could transform education in the area is left to rot under this current administration.
“In my round touring communities across the country, I have drawn attention that to the criminal abandonment of projects and this is one very good example.
“This is an almost complete project of Secondary School and Community Day School…you can even see fire extinguishers installed and ready to go…this is one of the 23 World Bank-funded project,” he told journalists.
Mr Mahama who spearheaded the start of work on the 200 Community Day Schools condemned the decision by government to stop paying for ongoing projects.
The School is one of the many E-Blocks projects yet to be finished and put to use by government.
He did not hide his displeasure with government’s refusal to open up for use many of such completed projects.
“If you go across the country you will find them at different stages of completion…some are almost completed yet they remain unoccupied. If you look at the children in that community and its surrounding communities they have to travel several kilometres to go get secondary education when a secondary school is at their doorstep,” he said.
He added that the 1992 Constitution enjoins all succeeding government in the Fourth Republic to continue projects that it inherits from the previous regime “but it doesn’t look like this government is respecting that aspect of our Constitution.”
Mr Mahama said it is not only schools projects that are suffering such fate but also hospital projects dotted all over the country that his government started were also abandoned.
“There are several roads, water and electrification projects that have all been abandoned…when that happens it is just a waste of the taxpayer’s money because this was a loan given to government which has to be repaid, yet we are not getting the benefit that it should offer to these communities.
Mr Mahama is on a two-day working visit to the Savanna region, from where he will continue to the North East and Oti regions.