Ranking Member on Parliament’s Works and Housing Committee, Vincent Asamoah, has called for an independent inquiry into the raiding of the Saglemi Housing Project by unknown persons.
According to him, it is unheard of that the site which is supposedly under the care of the police could have been looted so thoroughly without the police arresting any culprits.
JoyNews had been to the site and discovered louvre blades, window glazing, kitchen sets, doors and panels, as well as electrical wirings among many others all stolen from the site.
Speaking concerning the situation, Vincent Asamoah said it was important to get to the root of what had happened 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.
The Saglemi Housing Project has been at the centre of controversy since the ruling government discovered that there were missing key contract documents and those available had various inconsistencies.
The government feels there appears to have been a misappropriation of funds in the project, resulting in shoddy work.
Currently, two of former President Mahama’s appointees, together 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 causing financial loss to the state.
The five accused persons are collectively facing 52 counts of criminal offences, including willfully causing financial loss to the State, and intentionally misapplying public property.
In the latest development, the government has decided to sell the Housing project to a private developer.
The Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, says the decision was taken after assessment and the necessary consultations.
However, the Minority have served notice to potential buyers that they may lose their investment should they go ahead with the purchase. They vehemently oppose the sale of the development.
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