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17.04.2019 Headlines

Atta Akyea Says Gov't Intends To Terminate Saglemi Housing Project Contract

By CitiNewsRoom
Atta Akyea Says Gov't Intends To Terminate Saglemi Housing Project Contract

The Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea has said government intends to terminate the existing contract for the Saglemi housing project.

According to him, the state was short-changed in the $180 million deal which was entered into by the John Mahama government.

The project was for the construction of 5,000 units of affordable housing.

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

They also urged 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.

“We realized that dubious shortchange in terms of contract sum and the delivery of the housing units and we believe that there are challenges of value for money analysis. So we have made reference to the Attorney General for advise because we intend terminating the contract, taking over the project for completion and when we see any malfeasance, we will address it,” he said.

Atta Akyea in 2018 said the housing units lacked essential amenities such as water, electricity and drainage systems.

“The Seglemi structure that we see over there is a huge trouble. If we should go into why it has not been inhabited we will go into crisis. I can assure you there is a challenge in terms of how the monies were faithfully applied to the project, matters that the Attorney-General would have to look at and EOCO to investigate,” he said.

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.

– citinewsroom