The National Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has insisted that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia peddled falsehood over the cost of the Kwame Nkrumah interchange.
Dr Bawumia, speaking at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, August 18 said the NDC government constructed the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange at a cost of $260 million while four interchanges constructed by the NPP government cost $289 million.
But reacting to this on Citi TV’s The Point of View, Mr Gyamfi said the claim is false and an attempt by Dr Bawumia to be mischievous.
“On the issue of the cost of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, the claims Dr Bawumia made are misleading and not factual. But to break that down for the ordinary Ghanaian to understand, what Dr Bawumia did was simply mischievous. He told a blatant lie when he said the cost of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange project is $260 million and we need to settle that issue once and for all because if you check the parliamentary Hansard of 16th August 2012, when the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange project was approved, it was very clear that the cost of the project as approved by Parliament was £74.8 million equivalent to $90 million at the time and Kwame Nkrumah interchange had only one phase, there was no phase two.”
Sammy Gyamfi further explained that Dr. Bawumia added the cost of two separate and distinct projects [the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and the Ring Road Flyover] yet created the impression it was the cost of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.
He vehemently argued that Dr Bawumia engaged in a comparison of two projects that have different scope of work and specifications.
“It is important to emphasise that, the two projects (the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and the Ring Road Flyover) are distinct from each other and were separately approved by Parliament at different periods for different purposes. The scope of work of the two projects are totally different, and so it is disingenuous and shameful for Dr Bawumia to lump the cost of the two projects together and create the impression that same is inflated.”
According to Mr Gyamfi, whereas the cost of the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange project as approved by Parliament in 2014 and expended by the contractor is 74.8 million euros equivalent to $90 million at the time, the Ring Road Flyover which the Mahama government on October 14, 2014, laid before Parliament was at a cost $170 million.
He said this transaction was approved on 2nd October 2014 by the 6th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana with the full support of the NPP.