Video: Minority to haul Adutwum to Parliament over “careless abandonment” of E-block projects

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The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has incurred the wrath of the Minority in Parliament following comments that the Akufo-Addo led government has not abandoned any of the e-block projects initiated by the former Mahama administration.

This comes on the back of revelations during a tour of some of the facilities by the Minority caucus on the Education Committee.

Led by its Ranking Member, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, the opposition MPs are on a nationwide tour of the projects to assess at firsthand the neglect of the schools after the NDC government left power some five years ago.

The firstleg of the tour which will take the team to thee Eastern and Volta regions saw the MPs touring some of the abandoned projects.

At its first stop in the Sege district, the MPs were left shock at the inability of the current government to add a single block to the project beqeauthed the nation by former President Mahama.

Addressing the media, the Ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, said the Minister would be hauled before the house to answer questions regarding the state of the projects when the house resumes from recess on Tuesday.

“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.”

Touching on comments by the Education Minister, the Akatsi North MP accused him of being untruthful in his commentary that none of the projects have been abandoned.

“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.”

“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.”

The former NDC government in a bid to address congestion in schools and make education accessible to all, atarted construction of some 200 E-block day schools before losing political power in 2016.

Since the exit of the former administration, there have been widespread claims that the projects have stalled.

But at a media briefing last week, the Education Minister denied those claims saying the Akufo-Addo led government had completed about 25 of the E-blocks since assuming the reins of power and also accused former President Mahama of playing mischief.

“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.”

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