Benedicta Naana Biney , GES Boss

Benedicta Naana Biney , GES Boss

ACTIVITIES AT the Brong Ahafo Regional Education Office in Sunyani have come to a halt following the confiscation of assets of the GES by some contractors to defray a judgement debt.

DAILY GUIDE can confirm that all official vehicles belonging to the Regional Education Office have been confiscated by the court and are in the process of being auctioned.

Reports said that two of the three said contractors, who secured judgement against the government following the unpaid supply of furniture to public schools in the region as far back in 2011, stormed the premises of the GES offices in Sunyani and impounded three official Pick-Ups, one Toyota Hilux and two Mitsubishi, and took them away.

The Sunyani Commercial Court had earlier ruled in favour of the three contractors who sued the government and the GES.

The court ordered the government to cough up GH?566,450; GH?554,248 and GH?545,237 to the three respective contractors, all totalling over GH?5165,000 (?51.65billion).

Currently, 13 other contractors have also sued the government and the GES on the same issue and the case is pending at the Commercial Court in Sunyani.

The Brong Ahafo Regional Director of Education, Dr Adjei Henneh, yesterday confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE.

The Regional Director stated that the situation had seriously affected activities at the regional office since there were no vehicles to go out for monitoring, saying it would have an adverse effect on the admission process currently underway at the various Senior High Schools in the region.

Dr. Henneh explained to the paper that he had officially written to the Brong Ahafo Regional Co-ordinating Council and the GES headquarters waiting for their immediate intervention.

He indicated that as far as the GES was concerned, it had not awarded any contract to any contractor to supply furniture to schools in the region.

He said the GES at the regional level did not even award contracts nor pay for contracts but it just happened to be a beneficiary of the said contract. He, therefore, expressed worry about the whole development.

It would be recalled that a group of irate contractors, who were contracted by the government in 2011 to supply furniture to schools in the Brong Ahafo Region by the then Regional Minister, held a press conference in Sunyani and issued an ultimatum to the government to pay their monies or be dragged to court.

In all, 96 contractors were awarded with the furniture supply contract in the region during the period of the then Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo and his Deputy, Eric Opoku, who is now the Ashanti Regional Minister.

The GETFund claimed it knew nothing about the said contracts and had in effect refused to pay the contractors.

 FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

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