Government through the Ministry of Works and Housing has indicated that, some of the former government officials under the Mahama administration will soon be put before court for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for the Saglemi housing project, a 5000 housing unit facility which was started in 2012.
According to the Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, despite the state paying more than 90% of the contract sum, it was shocking to note that the contract was varied to 1,000 housing units from the original 5,000 while the contract sum remained the same.
According to the Minister, “all the traducers of the law will be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction to answer criminal charges”.
Responding to a Parliamentary question asked on Thursday, 4th June, 2020 by MP for Nsawam-Adoagiri, Frank Annoh Dompreh on the status of the project and when Ghanaians may have the benefit of it, Mr. Atta Kyea stated that, “civil action shall be used to recover monies lost to the state.
The audit will also project how much money would be required to complete the 5000 housing units with full amenities”.
He said, at the moment, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors are engaged in a value for money audit, stressing the fact that, “their findings will indicate the extent of embezzlement of state resources via the vehicle of affordable housing delivery”.
“In accordance with Article 35(7) of the constitution, the Akufo-Addo Government pledges to complete the botched Saglemi Housing Project.
When we surmount these challenges, we can positively inform this august House as to when my Ministry will deliver the 5000 housing units with full amenities for the benefit of our hardworking workers, he assured.
Story filed by Edzorna Francis Mensah