There was drama at the Ampenkro/Asratoa primary School in the Bono Region recently when the Jaman South constituency First Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Henry Yaw Afful (Henforo), stormed the school premises and locked up the entire block, thereby denying students and teachers access to the classrooms.
The Chronicle gathered that the six unit classroom project, which falls under the One Million Dollar per Constituency policy, was awarded to Henforo’s construction firm, but the government has not yet paid him the money spent in executing the contract, even though the pupils and teachers have started using the classrooms. He, therefore, took the decision to sack the pupils from the classrooms and lock up the building.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Jaman South, Alhaji Abuu, has in a radio interview in Sunyani, given assurance that the assembly will find a temporary learning place for the children until the controversy over the newly constructed classroom block is resolved.
Alhaji Abuu, however, condemned the action of the contractor, contending that the community supported the project with communal labour.
“The action by the contractor is unfortunate because the community supported the project with communal labour and, therefore, the people must not suffer”, he said.
The Head teacher of the school, Mr. Samuel Afful, reacting to the impasse, which has been condemned by many residents, also registered his displeasure since school activities have been halted since last week.
The contractor has, however, given assurance that the project would be handed over to the community as soon as the consultant certifies the project for him to be paid.