The Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh says the Akufo-Addo government has fully paid all contractors in charge of the community day Senior High Schools, popularly known as the E-block schools commenced under the Mahama administration.
The Education Minister in an interview on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show told Kwame Sefa Kayi that the past Mahama government awarded a GHc900 million contracts to the construction companies to build the E-block schools but failed to pay the contractors.
According to NAPO, the Akufo-Addo led government has duly paid off the amount to ensure completion for all school children to benefit from the government’s free SHS programme.
“There is no contractor in any Secondary school doing a Secondary school project who is owed by government of Ghana. I called on them to challenge me and up till now, no one has come out to challenge this. If the school is not yet done, then it is the fault of the contractor but not that we haven’t paid the contractor.”
“We are however cancelling a lot of contracts and award them to different contractors because the NDC gave the contracts to [I don’t want to say NDC contractors] but the contractors are not performing; so no one should blame the government…GHc900 million cedis was the certificates that were signed for work done that the NDC left but we have paid it in full,” he stated.
Former President John Dramani Mahama, during his tenure in office, promised to establish 200 community day Senior High Schools before the end of his regime.
John Mahama, however, couldn’t complete all the schools before his party NDC was voted out of office in 2016 for president Akufo-Addo to take over.
Before the beginning of the Akufo-Addo government, only about 50 E-block schools had been completed and operational with the rest either at ground level or not constructed.
The current government has continued the project by completing work on seventeen (17) out of 23 selected schools.
The remaining six (6) are at various levels of completion.