Adutwum lied, we’ll haul him over uncompleted school projects – NDC MPs

The Minority in Parliament has accused the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum of peddling falsehood when he told parliament that government has not abandoned any classroom block started by erstwhile Mahama administration.

The Mahama administration started construction of some 200 E-block day schools before the NDC lost political power in 2016, some of which were sponsored by the World Bank.

Ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, on a tour of some stalled educational facilities said, the current government had only completed those that were being funded by the World Bank and not the Government of Ghana.

To that end, he said the Minister would be hauled before the house again when the house resumes to answer some questions.

“Some were sponsored by the World Bank so that one they have no choice  because it was an international funding, so they were forced to complete them. But those that were on Government of Ghana are those  that have been left abandoned. So if we want our children to have quality of education or have access to education these projects must be completed so the students in these areas can have access to secondary education.”

Regarding Dr Adutwum’s comments, he said “Well, I can fault him because if he says the projects had not been abandoned, why do we see this one here? Five years down the lane, nothing had been done. It is only the first floor and that is how it has been for five years now. So he is not being truthful to Ghanaians.

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“We are still going to bring the Minister back to the floor of the House .deputy Ranking has initiated that  move  and I am sure when Parliament resumes on Tuesday  it is going to be part of the issues that  we will handle as far as education is concerned.”

Dr Yaw Adutwum, had denied claims by former President John Dramani Mahama that government had abandoned theeducation projects he initiated.

According to him, the Ministry had completed about 25 of the E-blocks since the Akufo-Addo adminsutration came into office.

He accused Mr Mahama of playing mischief.

Addressing a news conference in Accra last Tuesday, Dr Adutwum said the Akufo-Addo-led government single-handedly completed 14 of those projects while 11 were sponsored by the World Bank through the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP).

“It appears former President Mahama has been ill-briefed on this matter, and the Ministry wishes to clarify as follows,” he emphasised.

He added “Education and training as we all know plays a major role in employment. Knowing the skills needs of industry is very critical to the growth and development of the various sectors of the economy and the levels of capacities at which they can operate,” added.

By Courage Komla Kluste||Ghana