Authorities of the Bongo District Assembly in the Upper East Region have handed over five project sites among many others, to contractors for execution under the government’s flagship development policy known as the 1-Million US Dollars Per Constituency. Funds under this policy are transferred by the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives to the Northern Development Authority (NDA), for payments to contractors carefully selected for demand-driven projects across districts in the five northern-most regions of Ghana.
The Adoboya D/A Primary school’s dilapidated teachers’ quarters is one of the sites handed over Monday morning during which, the District Chief Executive (DCE) Hon. Peter Ayinbisa Ayamga disclosed that, it was to receive major renovation works to the tune of 400,000.00 Ghana Cedis. The quarters located right opposite the school, is a four-apartment facility with the capacity to accommodate about eight teachers but is at present in shambles with its roofs blown away, no doors and window fittings and no electricity and water connection.
Hon. Ayamga, charged the contractor to expedite action on the project which he described as very vital to boosting academic work at the school and noted that upon its completion in a maximum of six months, by which time schools would have reopened, the project would solve the accommodation problems facing teachers. He also pledged that a reliable water source would be installed at the quarters and electricity also connected to make life comfortable for the teachers.
Adaboya elders, opinion leaders and their chief who all congregated to witness the handing over and for the contractor to be introduced to them, commended government and the Assembly for selecting a project in their community and pledged their support for the speedy completion of the renovation works.
The DCE and his team comprising Upper East Regional Coordinator of the NDA, the Assembly’s technical staff and the consultant to the NDA’s projects in the region, then set off to the Ayopia community where site for a non-mechanised borehole valued at 30,000.00 Ghana Cedis was also handed over to a contractor. Here Mr. Ayamga revealed that, a total of 32 such boreholes were earmarked for beneficiary communities across the district all under the same 1-Million US Dollar per Constituency policy of government. Meanwhile, District Works Engineer Mr. David Aruk stated that a seven-member water management team would be established for each of the boreholes to ensure their regular maintenance and longevity.
The district’s health sector equally got a fair share of the projects as the site for a two-bedroom semi-detached nurses’ quarters was handed over to yet another contractor. The cost for this project to be constructed at the Bongo District Hospital, is pegged at 263,000.00 Ghana Cedis and scheduled to be completed within six months. Meanwhile, residents in the Awaa community also beamed with smiles as the DCE introduced a contractor to stakeholders at a site chosen for the construction of a new Community Health Planning Services [CHPS] compound. This project comes with a two-bedroom apartment for health staff plus a water system and estimated to cost 600,000.00 Ghana Cedis.
Also as part of the package of projects, site for a three-unit classroom block with a contract cost of 380,000.00 for the Lungo community was handed over to a contractor as well. The DCE at this point disclosed that, his district was set to receive a total of GH₵4, 147,887.5 by way of projects under the policy of 1-Million US Dollar per constituency for the year 2020.
Source: Peter Atogewe Wedam (ISD-Bongo)