MP sues govt… over uncompleted sch project

The Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi Constituency, in the Volta Region, has filed a writ at the AccraHigh Court, urging the court to order the Government of Ghana to completeremaining uncompletedschools under the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools (SHSs) projects started by former President John DramaniMahama.

In 2013, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, led by President Mahama, announced its intention to build 200 Community Day SHSs by 2016, however, it was able to complete only45 out of the 200 it promised at the time the party left office inJanuary,2017.

The plaintiff, Rockson-NelsonDafeamekpor, in the writ filed by his counsel ,NiiKpakpo Samoa Addo,claimed that the current Government had refused or neglected the projects.

He said the government had a duty to continue and execute the projects and programmes commenced by the previous government.

The plaintiff joined the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice as a defendant, and stated that the failure of the government to complete the 200 community SHSs constituted misuse and waste of public funds and property.

He also stated that the failure of the government to use all the 45 community SHSs constructed by the previous government constituted a misuse and waste of public funds and property.

The SouthDayi MP urged the court to compel the government to complete the project withinreasonable time for teaching and learningto take place.

MrDafeamekporstated that sometime in 2016, the former president inaugurated 45 community schools and stated 75 others were ready to be used for teaching and learning.

He said that sometime in August 2021, the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adu-Twum, stated that only 46 out of 200had been completed and indicated that not all the 46 schools alleged to have been completed were not in use, but provided no explanations for the failure to use the schools.

MrDafeamekporasked the court to declare that the defendant’s failure to continue and complete  the200 community SHS constituted a misuse and waste of public funds and property and in contravention of Articles 35(7) and 41(f) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

The plaintiff asked the court to award him costs against the defendant, including legal fees.

BY MALIK SULLEMANA

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