The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Ghana, James Klutse Avedzi, has called on the government to renegotiate the contract to put up an official residence for the Vice President, if it finds anything wrong with the terms of the contract; find money to complete it; and put it to good use instead of allowing it to waste away.
Officials of the current government led by President Akufo Addo have claimed that the cost of the project which was pegged at $13.9 Million Dollars was inflated by the previous administration led by Former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to Mr. Klutse Avedzi, who is also the Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, the situation where the project has been suspended without any concrete decision being taken on it does not augur well for the prudent management of the resources of the state as government would want the people to believe.
“The project has been started; some cost has been incurred; should we say that it should be there forever and deteriorate, or we should take a decision? If the cost of the project should be reviewed by the current government, they should review it, let the project be completed and put it to use.
“Whether it should be used by the Vice President, whether it will be used by whoever, the project must be completed and be put to use. That is all that I am saying. If it is there and no decision is being taken on it, it is wasting and it is public funds.” He observed.
The PAC Chairman intimated this to the media at the sidelines of its public sitting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Parliament, when the Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) appeared before it. AESL is the consultant to government on the project.
The Acting Director of AESL, Robert Abugri, told the Committee that the project on the official residence for the President has stalled for some time now because government is yet to take a decision on the way forward.
This was in response to a public interest question posed by the Chairman of the Committee to ascertain the current status of the project.
The Vice President of the current government, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, is on record to have questioned the cost of the Vice Presidential residence where he suggested that the cost of the project have been inflated. He expressed shock that the project which was initiated and awarded for contract by their predecessor government was going to cost the tax payer almost $14 Million Dollars.
Though the Vice President subsequently assured that government was going to renegotiate the contract and put the building to some good use, it promise is yet to materialize.
Source: Clement Akoloh||Africanewsradio.com