It has emerged that Fasota Limited, a development and project consultant, procurement experts, chartered quantity surveyors, and cost consultants, the company in charge of supervision for the construction of GETfund emergency projects in the Bulsa South Districts, opposed the relocation of the projects.
The projects in question include the construction of kindergarten infrastructure in the Chansa pindem, Naadema primary, Vundema primary, and Tuedema primary.
The request for the construction of these projects was made due to the fact that KG pupils from the communities travel longer distances to school.
The contract(s) was awarded to a deserving contractor in accordance with the Public Procurement Act 2003, Act 663, as amended by the Public Procurement Amendment Act 2016, Act 914, 2016. (s).
Fasota works as a Pre-Contract and Post-Contract Consultant to ensure proper work supervision and successful project implementation.
It was also agreed that the Builsa South District Assembly’s Works Department would use the GETFund Standard Designs and Bills of Quantities for each project.
In a notice signed by the DCE Daniel Kwame Gariba, the Builsa District Assembly declared that the construction of two No. 2 Unit Kindergarten School Blocks with Auxillary Facilities at Doninga and Wesi D/A Primary Schools has been relocated to Naadema and Tuedema Communities, respectively.
The Assembly claimed that the decision was influenced by the District Education Directorate’s concerns.
The Assembly also stated that the same facilities will be provided in those communities, namely Doninga and Weisi, as part of the Gulf of Guinea in the Northern Regions Social Cohesion (SOCO) Project, which will be implemented in 2023.
However, the supervising contractor Fasota Company opposed the relocation of the project. It said it would not be able to certify payments on the project without approval from GETFund.
The total budget provision for the project is fGhc1,079,950.36.
”No further funds are available to pay for any claims beyond the budget provision,” GETfund had said.
It is based on these that the company has opposed the relocation of the projects and has threatened not to pay for them without approval from GETFund.
In its letter, the company stated that ”As Supervising Consultants, we would like to advise that the project blocks cannot be relocated without approval from GETFund, the funding agency. Without such approval, we will not be able to certify payments on the project.
As per contractual arrangements and earlier information relayed to the Works Engineer of the Assembly, please note also that, the site possession and commencement meetings at an approved project site, should necessarily be held with the Supervising Consultant’s representation and technical guidance.”