Samuel Atta Akyea, Housing Minister has disclosed that all former officials of the erstwhile Mahama administration involved in the botched Saglemi Housing deal will soon face criminal prosecution.
According to Atta Akyea, all the contracts signed by Hon. Collins Dauda, the then Housing Minister, and thereafter some wayward Chief Directors after the original project had no legal consequences.
“A strong position in law that all the contracts purportedly signed by Hon. Collins Dauda and thereafter some wayward Chief Directors after the original project had received parliamentary approval have no legal consequence. At the moment, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors is engaged in a value for money audit. Their findings will indicate the extent of embezzlement of state resources via the vehicle of affordable housing delivery. All the traducers of the law will be arraigned before a law of competent jurisdiction to answer criminal charges. Civil actions shall be used to recover money lost to the state The audit will also project how much required to complete the 5000 units with the full amenities. The Akufo-Addo government pledges to complete the botched Mahama Saglemi Housing project.”
But responding to questions in Parliament, Mr. Atta Akyea assured that, civil action will be pursued to recover monies lost to the state.
He justified that, the apparent neglect of the project is because the contractor had misappropriated $129 million of the project funds.
The legal processes will commence upon the completion of a value for money audit by the Ghana Institution of Surveyors to ascertain the extent of embezzlement, he said.