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Regional News of Monday, 1 April 2019

Source: Michael Oberteye

Residents of oborpa livid over ‘abandoned’ Community Day Senior High School

What was supposed to be a Community Day Senior High School for some communities in the ‘Middle Belt’ of Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region has been reduced to a home for weeds, rodents, reptiles and a site for the storage of various farm produce.

The facility which is losing its aesthetic value and potency out of the frustration of being left idle has also become a white elephant.

Only a security man was at the facility when this reporter got to the site.

The security man who apparently has taken up accommodation at the structure said he had been guarding the property for the past four years, though he has not received any salary since January, 2017.

The school when completed is expected to offer Senior High School education to Junior High School leavers from nearby communities including Oborpa, Korm, Ayimesu, Gyekiti, Bueyonye, Yonguase, Oterkporlu and other nearby satellite communities.

However, a number of setbacks have dealt a heavy blow to the project, making it a stillborn.

The school forms part of the 200 community day schools which were being constructed under the Mahama administration across the country.

The roofed E-Block however, has been abandoned as there was no worker at the construction site because works on the school were abandoned just after the 2016 general elections.

Residents of the aforementioned communities in an interview expressed their disappointment in the current government for failing to continue work on the Community Day School in the municipal.

They believe that the communities are likely to enjoy booming business commercial activities in their locality with the completion of the school.

“The failure of the government to complete works on the school is disheartening,” said a concerned farmer and parent. “Completing the school will bring business activities to our women and our children will also have their school closer to them.”

Dadematse (Community Chief) for Oborpa West, Nene Kpabitey Tetteh sums up the frustrations of his people; “They built us this school to the roofing level and promised to re return after the elections to complete the facility. Unfortunately however, works have ceased after the elections.”

Another resident who expressed her indignation at the seemingly abandoned project regretted that two of her children who are unable to pursue secondary education as a result of the situation have been forced to stay at home.

According to them, failure to complete the school and their inability to fund their education in distant Senior High Schools has forced many parents to send their wards to live with relatives in other towns.

The residents are worried they cannot bear the cost of enrolling their wards in distant Senior High Schools and want government to speedily release funds to complete the Community Day School in the District.

Meanwhile, Municipal Chief Executive for Lower Manya Krobo, Simon Kweku Tetteh when reached for his comment on the concerns of the people said though he was fully aware of the situation in, his office was in the process of establishing contact with the contractor working on the project to discuss the its future.

The Assembly Chief who is counting on the patience of the people assured them that the necessary efforts will be put in place to ensure that work on the school resumes as soon as possible.