An ultra modern three-unit classroom block to replace old dilapidated Asunsu Number Two Roman Catholic(R/C) Junior High School (JHS) has been commissioned at Asunsu Number Two in the Dormaa Central Municipality of the Bono Region.
The new classroom block has an office, store, computer laboratory, staff common room and a place of convenience.
In an address, Mr Drissa Ouattara, the Dormaa Central Municipal Chief Executive, urged the chiefs and people in the area to ensure proper maintainance of the facility.
The MCE appealed to the citizens to pay their taxes promptly to enable government to continue fulfilling its mandate of providing social amenities such as schools, roads, water and electricity to deprived communities.
He said the project which was due to be completed in six months was completed before schedule in a space of four months and commended the contractor, Ahofadie Enterprise, for the good work done.
Responding to a suggestion from the assembly member of the area to ensure that the same contractor won and executed other similar contracts following the quality workdone, the MCE said contracts were awarded base on merit, and through competitive bidding and procurement process.
“Contracts are not awarded on the basis of family relation, political party affiliation, cronyism or close association but on merit. If tender is opened and published for contractors to bid, they go through the necessary procurement process. Given that same contractor wins the bidding process, he will be given the green light, ” he said.
He said under the self help project, the Municipal Assembly has presented 2000 cement bags and close to 1500 dual desks to some schools within the Municipality in areas such as Antwirifo, Ahogonu, Twumkrom, Taforo, Kwadaso, Kofiasua and Badukrom Islamic School.
Mr Ouattara said the new classroom block is valued at GHC 295, 185.71.
The MCE said so far, the Municipality has four CHPS compound situated at different locations in the Municipality namely Kofiasua, Antwirifo, Shegu, and Amakyekrom and promised Asunsu Number Two will enjoy same facility at the right time pending the availability of funds.
Mr Dominic Yeboah Hippolyt, Assembly Member, Asunsu Electoral Area, said persistent attempts to get authorities in previous regime to construct a new facility as the old one was in deplorable state fell on deaf ears.
“When Mr Drissa Ouattara, the Municipal Chief Executive, resumed office in July 2017, I approached him at his office and explained to him the state of the building and the necessary effort put in place but no avail.
“Nana Chairman, somewhere September last year, after passing through tender, the contract was awarded to Ahofadie Enterprise and the project started October last year, ” he added.
He thanked the Municipal Engineer for effective monitoring and supervision of the project and urged the School Management Committee (SMC), Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to ensure that they take good care of the School.
Mr Hippolyt made an appeal to the Assembly to equip the computer laboratory with computers and provide a borehole for the school.
The Queenmother, Nana Amma Asamoah Ababio later cut a tape to commission the new classroom block.