No government appointee should be involved in construction, procurement processes of affordable housing project

No government appointee should be involved in construction, procurement processes of affordable housing project

Founding President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe, says no government should be involved in the development and procurement processes for affordable housing initiatives.

According to him, government’s solely role in offering affordable housing should be in the supply of serviced lands to private actual property builders in the business of establishing affordable housing.

He said when governments tackle the role of procuring supplies for, and establishing, affordable housing initiatives; it solely creates viable alternative for graft.

Peaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, he said, “I mean, procurement is the biggest opportunity in this town that’s why I do not really want any government appointee who is a Housing Minister to even think of the idea of building affordable housing. That thing should cease.

“Whatever money government wants to spend, use it, open up the country, service lands, let the likes of Patrick and his friends come and compete. And they’ve done it before. There are just too many examples here, it can be done.”

He additional bemoaned the failure of successive governments to undertake expertise to effectively deploy affordable housing in the country.

“I mean, I’m shocked from 1998 to 2001 when I learnt land economy, I remember my building technology teachers were telling us how adaptive technology could be used to deploy affordable housing.

“Since we left I haven’t seen any of those technologies deployed, which tells you that when government talks about the marriage between industry and academia sometimes it’s just a fluke, really.

“And I think we should start looking into those opportunities and have the likes of entrepreneurs like Patrick and co. invest in those types of thinking and deliver affordable housing. Anything that falls short of government doing what we’re suggesting is pure opportunity for graft,” he said.

The Saglemi Housing Project has been at the centre of controversy because the ruling government found that there have been lacking key contract paperwork and people obtainable had varied inconsistencies.

The government feels there seems to have been a misappropriation of funds in the project, ensuing in shoddy work.

Currently, two of former President Mahama appointees, along with a former Chief Director of the Water Resources, Works and Housing Ministry, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Executive Chairman of Construtora OAS Ghana Limited, Andrew Clocanas, and Majority Shareholder of Ridge Management Solutions DWC-LLC, Nouvi Tetteh Angelo have been charged for inflicting monetary loss to the state. 

The 5 accused individuals are collectively dealing with 52 counts of legal offences, together with willfully inflicting monetary loss to the State, and deliberately misapplying public property.

In the most recent growth, the government has decided to sell the Housing growth to a private developer.

The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, says the choice was taken after assessment and the mandatory consultations. 

However, the Minority have served discover to potential consumers that they may lose their funding should they go forward with the acquisition. They vehemently oppose the sale of the event.

The project, which was commenced under the Mahama administration was stalled due to a choice by the Akufo-Addo administration to probe the monetary preparations surrounding it.

The former Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea, invited the Attorney General to scrutinize the agreements in October 2018.

There have been studies that key contract paperwork have been lacking or had inconsistencies.

The government feels there seems to have been a misappropriation of funds in the project, ensuing in shoddy work.

Currently, two of former President Mahama appointees, along with a former Chief Director of the Water Resources, Works and Housing Ministry, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Executive Chairman of Construtora OAS Ghana Limited, Andrew Clocanas, and Majority Shareholder of Ridge Management Solutions DWC-LLC, Nouvi Tetteh Angelo have been charged for inflicting monetary loss to the state. 

The 5 accused individuals are collectively dealing with 52 counts of legal offences, together with willfully inflicting monetary loss to the State, and deliberately misapplying public property.

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