Hon Rudolf Nsorwinne Amenga-Etego, Member of Parliament (MP) for Chiana/Paga Constituency is outraged over government’s abandoning of over a thousand housing units at Saglemi in the Ningo Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region.
The houses form part of a 5,000 affordable housing project started by the Mahama administration in 2012 at a cost of $200 million.
The project has, however, stalled for the past three years following allegations of corruption by works and housing Minister Samuel Atta Akyea.
But speaking to THE REPUBLIC after touring the project together with other minority members on the Works and Housing Committee of Parliament, the Chiana/Paga lawmaker said, he is scandalized upon seeing what has been left to rot at Saglemi.
He contended that, the government has no justification to abandon the project especially the completed units to rot given the ever-increasing housing deficit which now stands at over 2million.
“Our point here is that even if you are investigating allow people to occupy the place. You don’t abandon this almost completed project for you to finish one day and come back and start all over again,” he argued.
He said, there are state institutions that conduct investigation and adjudicate matters of criminality and wondered why it should take government two to three years to investigations into suspicion of wrong doing on a contract .
Mr Amenga-Etego said, since the contract hasn’t been terminated and the contractor is still on site with materials and equipment, the government should have been magnanimous and allow the contractor to continue work, stressing, “I don’t think it is in the best interest of this country for this project to be abandoned just like that.”
In his view, the government’s claims are simply a sabotage to water down the John Mahama administration’s achievement, pointing out that, “there are similar unfounded claims in the roads, education and health sectors where projects have been abandoned on flimsy excuses of auditing and investigations.”
“The same attitude government is exhibiting toward other issues, including the Saglemi housing project. As Minority, we are ready to support the government to release funds to the ministries to complete the projects, but there is lack of seriousness on the part of government,” Mr Amenga-Etego stated.
He said, should the government renegotiate for the contractor to resume work and complete the phase one of the project, it would mitigate the overwhelming housing deficit as middle income earners would have an opportunity to acquire those houses.
The Minority MP expressed worry that over 1,500 workers have been sent home as a result of the stalling of the project while imported building materials waste away.
He also described the Saglemi houses as the best for the country as the materials and technology used can withstand tropical rainstorms and heat, maintaining that, it was very heartrending that a country with a high level of infrastructural deficit would initiate a plethora of capital projects and abandon them.
Source: therepublicnewsinline.com/Felix Nyaaba