Saglemi: Collins Dauda revised housing deal without Parliament’s approval – Atta-Akyea

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The former Works and Housing Minister, Collins Dauda has been accused of altering the original agreement for the Saglemi housing project without recourse to Parliament.

The Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta-Akyea, who made the allegation said after Parliament passed the agreement in October 2012 for the construction of 5,000 housing units at 200 million dollars, the then minister reviewed the contract scaling down the number of units to some 1,500 units and later to 1,024 units after another review in 2016.

Mr. Atta Akyea during a press conference on the apparent neglect of the project said the contractor misappropriated $129 million of the project funds.

He said the state was shortchanged by 3,498 housing units and lost about $140 million of the contract sum.

he Saglemi Housing project has become a subject of controversy following complaints of abandonment.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has been accused by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of leaving the project to rot but the Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea has said that the government is auditing the project and may be forced to terminate the contract with the company since it appears the state has been shortchanged.

The Minority in Parliament after touring the project site earlier this month demanded negotiation between the contractors and government to get them back to the site to complete the work.

They also urged the government to ensure that those already completed are occupied

But the sector minister, Samuel Atta-Akyea said the case has been referred to the Attorney General for advice.

The first phase of the project, with 1,500 housing units, which was commissioned by John Mahama in 2016 have been left unused for more than a year now.

The project, which was intended to reduce the country’s massive housing deficit is seated on a 300-acre land with one to three bedroom apartments for low-income earners.



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