The president of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief for the Chiana Traditional Area, Pe Detundini Adiali Agyagitam III, has expressed overwrought over some abandoned infrastructure projects at the Chiana Senior High School in the Upper East Region.
The chief said he had harboured reservations of the contractors’ commitment to complete the projects, and hand them over for use; and called on the Ministry of Education to act swiftly in getting the contractors back to site.
The uncompleted dormitory, classroom and administrative block projects, Pe Ayagitam said, was in total contravention of government’s pledge to give equal and quality education to all well meaning Ghanaians.
The traditional leader who expressed these concerns at the annual celebration of the Fao festival at Chiana in the Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, indicated it was an eyesore for government to invest heavily in the infrastructure drive of schools in the district, only for contractors to demonstrate lukewarm attitude in completing such projects for reasons best known to them.
Independent checks by our reporter in the region revealed that a 24-unit classroom block, which is about 98 per cent complete, had been swallowed by weeds, whilst the dormitory block, administrative block and other structures looked deserted in one way or the other.
Describing the situation as very deplorable, the chief said government must take tentative steps to correct the educational infrastructure ills in the school, and also intervene to compel contractors to execute the almost abandoned structures expeditiously and efficiently.
This, he noted, would streamline teaching and learning in the only SHS in the district.
The chief also mentioned the precarious state of the Chuchuliga-Tumu road, lack of a polyclinic
for the populous district, among others, as the major development concerns afflicting the progress of the district.
“Another issue that remains dear to us in the West Zone is the Chuchuliga-Tumu road. This road is a vital link between the Upper East and Upper West regions.
“It would therefore be a step in the right direction if the contractor is made to return to site,” he appealed.
Pe Ayagitam used the occasion to call on the warring factions in Bawku to dedicate 2023 as a year for the consolidation of peace.
He further stated that, “smoking the peace pipe and bringing calm and tranquility to this once vibrant town should be your primary objective throughout the year”.
This year’s Fao festival, marked on the theme: “Building one Ghana, Strengthening our structures for development and prosperity” was the 12th edition of the event.
The festival is meant to bring together the chiefs and people of the Chiana Traditional Area to appease the gods for any wrongdoing in the course of performing their daily activities.
FROM FRANCIS DABRE DABANG, CHIANA