Saglemi Housing project: $80m was paid as Mobilization to Contractor- Min for housing

The Minister for Works and Housing Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea also disclosed on the floor of Parliament, that an amount of US$ 80M representing 40% of the contract sum was paid as mobilization to the contractor under the then Ministry of Works and housing.

The Minister stated that the Stalling of the projects was due to the fact that the contractor having received an amount of US$ 179,904,757.78 out of the contract sum of the US$ 181,018,000 presenting 99.39% didn’t construct the 5000 housing units but rather constructed 1,024 housing units.

Now this, was pursuant to a question filed by the Member of Parliament for Nsawam-Adoagyiri Hon. Frank Annoh Dompreh and what measures that the Ministry is putting in place to address this menace. The Minister indicated that the Attorney-General asserts a strong position in law that all the contract purportedly signed by the Hon. Collins Dauda, and some wayward Chief Directors after the original contract had received parliamentary approval are void and have no legal consequence.

However, Hon. Atta Akyea noted that the Ghana Institution of Surveyors are engaged in a Value for money audit after which their findings will indicate the extent of embezzlement of state resources via the vehicle of affordable housing delivery. Furthermore, the audit will also project how much money would be required to complete the 5000 housing units with full amenities. The house was then set in an atmosphere of arguments from both sides of the house, has the minority Caucus stand to their defence since the project was taken under their administration. However, the Minister noted that in accordance to Article 35 (7) of the constitution, the Akuffo Addo’s led government pledges to complete the botched Mahama Saglemi Housing projects. Rt. Hon speaker Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye however, referred the matter to the Parliamentary Committee Works and Housing to look into the issue and present to the house a report in two weeks time.

Story By: Mary Quartey

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