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Abandoned projects at the Tamale Technical University need to be completed – PAC member

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A member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Ghana’s Parliament and member of parliament for the Bunkpurugu Constituency in the Northern Region, Mr. Solomon Boar, has expressed concern over abandoned GETFund sponsored projects at the Tamale Technical University (TaTU).

Mr. Boar believes that the projects which were started nearly ten years ago would have given the university and its entire structure a facelift if they had all been completed on schedule.

Speaking at the first sitting of the PAC in Tamale, Mr Boar who is also the deputy Northern Regional Minister wondered why the GETFund projects at the TaTU have consistently been captured in the annual Auditor General’s report since 2012, but nothing seems to be done about the completion of the said projects.

According to the interim Vice Chancellor of the TaTU, Professor Abdulai Salifu Asuro, there are five different Ghana Education Trust Fund sponsored projects at various levels of completion at the university. These projects, he said, are the Vice Chancellor’s Residence, Girls Hostel, Library and two other edifices. The failure to complete the projects on schedule by the contractors has caused a lot of public concern over the years.

A total of 3.3million Ghana cedis, he said, is needed to complete abandoned infrastructure project at the Tamale Technical University (TaTU).

Mr. Boar said he has sleepless nights anytime he pass through the campus. Mr Boar who was contributing to the infrastructure challenges facing the school suggested to the chairman of PAC that contractors who abandoned the projects must be summoned before PAC to explain why construction came to a standstill.

But the chairman said it is too early for invite them because they have stories that corroborate with the vice chancellor.

A number of GETFund projects comprising dormitories, classroom blocks and staff bungalows including the acting vice chancellor accommodation have been abandoned by contractors putting the school into serious difficulties. The school has initiated a process to terminate certain contracts.

Whereas Mr Boar and other members of the Committee think that the contractors could be responsible for the undue delay in completing the projects, Prof Asuro also thinks that the contractors could not be entirely responsible for the delay, citing lack of funds as a possible reason why.

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament begun sitting on Monday February 12, 2018 at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale.The Committee first looked at audited reports of Polytechnics or Technical Universities from the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions.

Next to face the Committee will be Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies from the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions.

The Committee, chaired by Mr. James Klutse Avedzi, is expected to round up its sitting in the Northern Sector by the close of the of the week and return to Parliament House in Accra.

 

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