PDP lawmaker frowns at abandonment of World Bank school projects in Anambra

Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Social Development Goals, Economic Planning and Donor Agencies has expressed worry over the abandonment of projects in some secondary schools across the 181 communities in the state.

The committee also frowned at the level of work done by the contractors handling the project under the World Bank Assisted State Education Programme Investment Projects (SEPIP).

Speaking to journalists in Awka, on Wednesday, shortly after an oversight function to some government awarded project sites, the Committee Chairman, Honorable Ebelechukwu Ejiofor, representing Anocha one state constituency (PDP), said the State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, had been invited to explain reasons for the delay despite the release of funds for the projects.

Ejiofor said the committee also summoned contractors handling the construction of hostel blocks at Government Secondary School, Utuh, Nigeria Science and Technical College, Nnewi and Government Technical College, Nkpor, as well as the contractor handling the fencing of three schools where works were not properly executed.

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The lawmaker who led other members to the sites recalled that Governor Willie Obiano-led administration in its first tenure had promised to ensure schools across the state were fenced in order to guarantee safety and security of both students and teachers.

Ejiofor, who doubles as the House Deputy Minority Leader, however, regretted that some of the contractors were yet to meet expectations as nothing was on ground to justify funds released to them.

He said, “We’re particularly not happy with the level of work done at Community Secondary School, Nnobi and Government Secondary School, Utuh as well as the abandonment of about three hostel blocks which government had released funds to the contractors.

“It’s even more worrisome that none of the contractors showed up at the various project sites visited despite receiving an official letter about the visit.”



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