The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has set up a zonal office to monitor and ensure that consultants and contractors on various educational infrastructure projects deliver quality and timely projects.
The GETFund Zonal Office which has been established in Kumasi will monitor educational infrastructure projectsof the Middle Belt and Northern Sectors of the country.
It is the first time such a monitoring team has been instituted since the establishment of the GETFund in 2000.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Getfund Mid-Ghana office in Kumasi on Monday , the minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh said ,in the past Getfund relied solely on supervising project consultants in terms of monitoring and evaluation function with regard to its sponsored projects.
“This approach has had a lot of shortfalls and that does not ensure enhance project delivery. In Fact for good project management, monitoring and evaluation starts before the project commences. And so when Getfund has decided it is going to carrying monitoring and evaluation on permanent basis. Thus the building of the zonal offices we can only say well-done Getfund, that should have been part and parcel of your job from day one, but it is never too late”, he said.
He added that, “Enhance successful project delivery is essential to our infrastructure delivery, to this end it is imperative that the monitoring and evaluation function to regard to delivery of Getfund projects is been improved. It is for this reason that the administration and the support of Board of Getfund trustees that we are here to open this office”.
The noble idea was hatched by the current handlers of the GETFund, Mr. Richard Boadu, and the Board chaired by Professor Dominic Fobih, a former Minister of Education, to prevent the crooked and haphazard manner GETFund projects were hitherto handled.
GETFund with new direction is working to ensure quality projects and timely delivery without compromising on the comfort of consultants and contractors