The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Atta Akyea, has accused the former Housing Minister, Collins Dauda of altering the original agreement for the Saglemi housing project without Parliament’s approval.
The Minister taking his turn at the Meet the Press by the Information Ministry 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.
He further alleged that the contractor misappropriated $129 million of the project funds.
“Parliament has approved that $200 million [less some charges] should build 5,000 housing units. But something happened on the 27th of February, 2014. Without parliamentary approval, the parties, my ministry representing the Government of Ghana and the contractor reviewed the original agreement and signed what they call first and restated agreement with Constratora OAS Ghana Limited to define the number of houses to be constructed to 1,502 housing units, the price of the contact sum remains the same,” he said.
The Minister said Ghana was shortchanged by 3,498 housing units and lost about $140 million of the contract sum.