Roofed 400-Bed Hostel Abandoned For 300-Bed Hostel Which Also Stuck At Foundation | Imagine You Have To Suffer Economic Mess With Such Decisions: Kofi Asare Writes

      Roofed 400-Bed Hostel Abandoned For 300-Bed Hostel Which Also Stuck At Foundation | Imagine You Have To Suffer Economic Mess With Such Decisions: Kofi Asare Writes

      A roofed 400-bed hostel abandoned for 300-bed capacity hostel which also stuck at foundation level. Citizens have to suffer the consequences for poor decisions. Kofi Asare, CEO of Eduwatch writes on his Facebook wall:

      A year ago, the Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum announced to the applaud of Ghanaians, the construction of 300 bed hostels in all public Colleges of Education to be handed over by August 2023. The GHC 485 million project was to be funded by GETFund.

      At conception, the Minister of Education was in the best position to fully appreciate that GETFund was not a reliable funding source for such huge projects within the one-year announced timeline, due to the capping by the Minister of Finance with support from our Parliament, and poor disbursement profile.

      Four months to August 2023, our checks in the Colleges indicate that about 20 out 46 Colleges are yet to see a contractor. The remaining 26 are still at foundation level, with contractors abandoning sites in some instances.

      The saddest story is at the Bagabaga College of Education in Tamale, where a roofed 400-bed hostel which started about 10 years ago has been abandoned, while the new 300 bed hostel project is also stuck at foundation level.

      Couldn’t the cash spent on the abandoned foundation be used to complete the abandoned, roofed one?

      Do you realize how the government’s mismanagement of the GETFund Levy and politicized procurement leading to abandoned projects destroys our education system at all levels?

      See also: Kofi Asare Revealed Why G.E.S Officers Demand Money From Subordinates [Scary situation]

      The Minister of Education must brief stakeholders on the progress of work on the 300 bed hostels in the Colleges, as we approach the August handover deadline and announce a rescue plan.

      The continued silence of leadership on this matter is not part of the solution.

      Pic 1: Stalled 300-bed hostel project at Gbewaa College of Education, Pusiga

      Pic 2: 400-bed capacity ladies hostel abandoned for 11 years at Bagabaga College of Education, Tamale

      Source: Kofi Asare, CEO of Eduwatch

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