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Assembly members express concern about shoddy work by contractors

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Three Assemblymen and Community members at Tarongo in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region have expressed displeasure about the shoddy nature of work being executed by some contractors engaged to provide classroom furniture for schools in the District.

They said the Government was spending so much to acquire the furniture  to make teaching and learning effective in schools but the contractors were undermining the effort by pursuing their monetary gains to the detriment of the school children.

The concerned assembly members are Mr Thomas Agongo of the Tarongo Electoral Area, Mr Roger Asaa, of Vea and Mr Amikiya Azaare Dominic of Nyariga electoral area.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Tarongo, Mr Thomas Agongo, who is a teacher, said out of the 1000 dual desks meant for the area, only 615 had been delivered since July 2011.

According to Mr Agongo, the desks were not only broken on arrival but  were not properly nailed  and were poorly worked on with very rough surfaces, which he feared would even tear the books and uniforms of the pupils.

Mr Francis Ageere, District Director of Education, who buttressed these claims, said it was when the contractor requested for some payments that the Education Directorate got to know he was the one who had brought the furniture.

He said the contractor still had a deficit of over 300 desks to supply, and that the desks had been sorted out with the good ones sent to some selected schools.

Source: GNA

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