Former Water Resources, Works and Housing Minister, Collins Dauda, has opened up on allegations levelled against him that he caused financial loss to the state with regards to the Saglemi Affordable Housing Project.
The Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame initiated prosecution against Mr Dauda for intentionally misapplying $200 million, “by causing the said amount, which had been approved by the Parliament of Ghana for the construction of 5,000 housing units, to be applied towards the payment of 1,412 housing units under the Saglemi Affordable Housing Project.”
Reacting to the charge, however, spokesperson for the former minister, Mr Opoku told Chief Jerry Forson on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem that Collins Dauda never had the funds directly rather it was spent by the Finance Ministry.
“The only job the Works and Housing Ministry did was to get a recommendation letter for the contractor to be paid, and that was even after the consultant who is also in government is satisfied with the work then a certificate will be generated to the government to facilitate payment. So the money could not have been given to Collins Dauda personally,” he said.
“Mr Dauda is a generous and honest man and won’t do anything to cause financial loss to the state. He knows his rights and wrongs and won’t dare step on toes. The money they are talking about was at the Ministry of Finance, and certificates were issued to contractors to work on the project, so how could you say Mr Dauda has spent such money,” he quizzed.