A senior member of the NDC, Enock Teye Mensah, popularly known as ET Mensah has exposed the National communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi over his response in the Saglemi housing brouhaha.
The Saglemi housing project has taken over the headlines in recent days after the Attorney General dragged former Minister for Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda and others to court for wilfully causing financial loss to the state.
The state is hitting the accused persons with 52 counts of criminal charges against them for allegedly misapplying the state’s $200 million to pay for less than 1,500 affordable housing units at Saglemi, instead of the 5,000 units parliament granted approval for.
In response to the suit, Sammy Gyamfi said in a statement among other things that “It is instructive to note, that the Minister of Works and Housing at the time, Hon. E.T Mensah informed Parliament during the debate on the approval of the loan facility, that the 5000 housing units will not be built at a go, but rather over a period of time, that is, in phases. This is captured in black and white in the Parliamentary Hansard of 23rd October, 2013.
“Subsequent to the grant of Parliamentary approval, the Ministry of Works and Housing under Hon. E.T Mensah prepared and executed a Works Agreement with the Contractor for the project, Construtora OAS Limited. It is in the Works Agreement that government decided to build the 5000 housing units in 4 phases. The consultant for the project was AESL. Note that Parliament had already approved the loan Agreement, and therefore the Works Agreement which was an issue of implementation by the Ministry was not required to be approved by Parliament.”
However, Mr. ET Mensah, now a member of the council of state, refuted Sammy Gyamfi’s statement, describing it as a pack of lies.
Mr ET Mensah also slammed the NDC for snatching a Mills project and crediting it with Mahama.