The state will soon charge past government officials who played a role in the stalled US$ 200 million Saglmei Housing project will face prosecution, Samuel Atta Akyea, Minister of Works and Housing has told Parliament on Thursday.
The project is near completion but has stalled for the past three years to allow for a government probe into alleged infractions regarding the execution of the deal.
Responding to questions in Parliament, Mr. Atta Akyea assured that civil action will be pursued to recover monies lost to the state.
“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.”
The 5000 housing unit facility was started by the Mahama administration in 2012.
Reacting to the development in an interview with Accra 100.5FM’s Parliamentary correspondent Richard Appiah Srapong, a former Deputy Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing , said if the contract was signed properly why did they also come to continue the project.
“We do not think this contract was awarded dubiously so we are not afraid of this investigations,” he Sid.
He added : “Most of the claims they about the money are not true.”