The Akulyoo Primary School in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region will soon have its full complement of classrooms, more than three years after it was established in 2013.


Mr Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga, Bongo District Chef Executive (DCE), made this known when the Bongo District Assembly handed over a site to a contractor - Jovima Enterprise Limited - for the construction of a three-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities.


Speaking at a brief ceremony at the school, Mr Ayamga disclosed that the project, valued at 196,000.00 Ghana Cedis, would be completed within six months.


The DCE noted that the school, whose current student population stands at 183, had since its establishment, been run with only three classrooms and an office.


As a result, he said, it could not admit more pupils; but with this new project, many more children from the community could now be enrolled. He appealed to community members to give the contractor the needed support to help him complete the project on time while urging them to also assist the school’s management in safeguarding school property and other belongings.


He told them not to politicise the award of the contract or see the school as government’s property stressing that “all of us make up the government, we own the school as a community”. He gave the assurance that the District Works Engineer and staff from the Planning Unit would monitor the works from beginning to finish to ensure value for money and for the project to be executed according to the specified drawings.


Mr Ayamga disclosed that Akulyoo would soon be hooked onto the national electricity grid.


In his remarks, the Chief of Akulyoo, Naba Asampambire Akaribo, thanked the Assembly for the project and appealed for teachers’ quarters for the school since a majority of the teachers were commuting from elsewhere to school which consumed contact hours with the students.


From Akulyoo, the DCE and his team of technical staff from the Assembly then headed for Zorkor where a 10-seater flush toilet project, estimated at 165,000.00 Ghana Cedis and cited near the Zorkor market, was handed over to a contractor for execution.


Mr Ayamga indicated that upon completion, the facility would be handed over to a private citizen to operate on a public-private basis while individuals would be responsible for servicing and maintaining the facility while paying a percentage of the revenues to the Assembly. This project is expected to be completed within three months.


According to the DCE, the citing of the toilet facility would help deal with issues of open defecation in the area while creating jobs for the people, adding that the Assembly would to fence the toilet facility from allocations in its 2019 budget.


On the Zorkor Market itself, he said there was the need to a properly drawn plan to create enough space for market women as well as access for goods-carrying vehicles and  for rescue missions during emergencies. He disclosed that a bill of quantities that had been done showed that the Assembly would require 26,000.000 Ghana Cedis for expert services for the plan.


The DCE and his team also stopped at the Namoo Customs and Immigration barrier, which is an entry point from Burkina Faso into Ghana. During the interaction, officers at the barrier called for the tarring of the Namoo-Bongo road which, they said, would boost economic activities.


The Namoo Health Centre was another point of call, where staff complained of inadequate space, among other challenges.


From Namoo, the DCE and his team visited the Zorkor Senior High School where it came to light that a 24-unit two-storey classroom complex had been abandoned by the contractor.


The DCE expressed disappointment at the act and indicated his resolve to ensure that the project was completed.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)