The Hon. Minister for Works and Housing and Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta-Akyea has told Parliament that, an amount of one hundred and fifty million Dollars was stole from the original contract sum of two hundred million Dollars contact, considering the project at site now.
He said, the NDC government through its Minister for Works and Housing then, Mr Collins Dauda signed a contract with a Brazilian company ( Messrs Constitution OAS company Limited) to build a five thousand housing units at a cost of two hundred million Dollars (200 million Dollars) at Saglemi near old Ningo in the Damgbe District in the Gt. Accra region.
Mr Atta-Akyea further explained that, an amount of eighty million Dollars (80 million Dollars) representing fourty percent of the total contract sum was immediately released to the contractor even at a point of no work done.
He said, Mr Collins Dauda solely changed the original contract that was awarded to build five thousand housing units by reducing it to one thousand five hundred and two housing units (1,502) at the cost of two hundred million Dollars without the knowledge of Parliament.
The works and Housing minister further explained that, the Saglemi housing project could not be completed due to the immediate thievery of fourty million Dollars at that initial process of the contract and when an assessment was done at the project site considering the work done as at today, it was realised that about fifty million Dollars work has been done as the whereabout of the rest of the money could not be traced.
He concluded that, at appropriate time, the then minister for Works and Housing, Mr Collins Dauda would appear before the appropriate authority to tell Ghanaians where the missing money has been kept.
Mr Atta-Akyea`s response came at the plenary yesterday Thursday 4, 2020, when the Hon. Member of Parliament for Nsawam/Adoagyiri and a Chairman for foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Frank Annor Dompreh asked the Minister, when would the affordable housing project at Saglemi would be completed for Ghanaians to have a good use of it.