Gov’t to prosecute officials over Saglemi housing projects

Some former government officials under the erstwhile John Mahama administration will soon be put before court for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for the Saglemi housing project.

According to Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea, despite the state paying more than 90% of the contract sum, it was shocking to note that the contract was varied to 1,000 housing units from the original 5,000 while the contract sum remained the same.

Answering questions from MPs on the state of the housing project, the minister argued the contract entered into by the previous administration defies logic.

According to Atta Akyea, the Ghana Institute of Surveyors has been engaged to conduct a value for money Audit after which their report will be sent to the AG for the prosecution to commence.

Mr Atta Ayea added that he is committed to ensuring the homes are completed after completion of an audit into the alleged misappropriation of funds.

The 5000 housing unit facility was started by the Mahama administration in 2012. However, the project was stalled for three years following the controversial allegations that there was a misappropriation of funds by the previous government.