The Saglemi Housing Project was initiated by the John Mahama administration in 2012
President of the Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA), Patrick Ebo Bonful, says the Saglemi Housing Project isn’t a complete write-off.
According to him, regardless of the poor circumstances through which the deserted website has been left in, it can nonetheless be revamped to serve its supposed function.
He was replying to a statement made by the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Works and Housing Committee, Vincent Asamoah, who had alleged that the Housing Minister, Francis Asenso-Boakye, had justified the promoting of the Saglemi Project as a result of it was a failed venture and a complete write-off.
Speaking on JoyNews’s PM Express, the GREDA President noted that whereas the location has largely been looted, it can nonetheless be salvaged however at nice cost.
“Sure, it can be salvaged. Luckily the physical structures as we see from these pictures are still solid and so can be salvaged. The only thing is that it needs a cost revision which means that the projected cost will have to increase significantly because of these and so on and so forth.
“So it can be salvaged, it can be done but at a greater cost. It’s not a total write off, but at this stage is seriously problematic,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ranking Member on Parliaments Works and Housing Committee, Vincent Asamoah, has known as for an independent inquiry into the raiding of the Saglemi Housing Project by unknown individuals.
According to him, it’s remarkable that the location which is supposedly under the care of the police might have been looted so completely with out the police arresting any culprits.
JoyNews had been to the location and found louvre blades, window glazing, kitchen units, doorways and panels, in addition to electrical wirings amongst many others all stolen from the location.
Speaking regarding the state of affairs, Vincent Asamoah said it was necessary to get the basis of what had occurred at Saglemi.
“Everything has been removed. They pulled all the cables from the wall. So we are asking that even before we take a decision on that there should be an independent probe into this to find out why these things happened.
“Because after I encountered some of the Ministers, one of the Deputies said, ‘oh we handed the place to the police to handle.’ So if you have the police taking care of the place and all these things are gone, do we have to leave it like that?” he said on PM Express.
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