The schools are Bukakata Seed school in Masaka district, Mbirizi seed school in Lwengo district, and Lukaya seed school in Kalungu district. They were each constructed at 2.125 Billion Shillings under the World Bank-funded Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer-UgIFT program.
Three newly constructed
seed schools in Greater Masaka have cracks barely three months after they were
opened. The schools are Bukakata Seed
school in Masaka district, Mbirizi seed school in Lwengo district, and Lukaya seed
school in Kalungu district.
each constructed at 2.125 Billion Shillings under the World Bank-funded
Inter-Government Fiscal Transfer-UgIFT program.
have already presented with visible cracks on the walls and floors.
Kaducu, the State Minister for Education and Sports in charge of Primary
Education says they have taken note of the irregularities which she attributes
to poor workmanship by the contractor.
commissioning Lukaya Seed Secondary school in Kalungu Moriku indicated that the
shoddy works at the facilities were an eye-opener for the Ministry and the
technical teams, to conduct a thorough evaluation on similar other projects
that are being commissioned in different parts of the country.
instructed the Kalungu District Chief Administrative Officer to halt payment of
the balance to the contractor until an assessment is done and the defects
corrected. She however blames the local District Civil Engineers for not
raising a red flag against the shoddy work in the schools and failing to call
the contractors to order when the projects were still under construction
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Kawoowa Bangirana, the State Minister for Health in Charge of General Duties
who commissioned Mbirizi Seed School in Lwengo district on Wednesday, says that
she is disappointed by the quality of work by the contractor.
I got on the ground made me cast doubt in the competence of the contractor who
was hired to do work at the school. I’m not certain whether these buildings
will stand for even a year. I’m going to report back to the relevant
authorities,” she said.
contract records indicate that the three schools were constructed by MMARCKS
Investments Limited, whose owners did not attend the commissioning of any of
Tamale, the Lukaya Town Council Chairperson argues that problems stem from the
lack of coordination between the local project beneficiaries and the government
that procured the projects.
that since the contract was allocated by the Ministry, it was difficult for the
local leaders to monitor the project works, which gave the contractors the
opportunity to remain reluctant to listen to any local concerns hence the poor
delivery of works.