Member of Parliament for Bodi, Sampson Ahi, has raised concerns that the new affordable housing project in Pokuase, Greater Accra Region, which President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo initiated by cutting the sod, is illegal.
According to Ahi, the project required parliamentary approval, which did not happen before the sod-cutting ceremony took place.
Speaking to journalists in Parliament, Ahi highlighted that the required documents for parliamentary approval were not laid in Parliament on the same day, indicating that the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) agreement had not been officially approved.
While Ahi supports the initiative to provide homes for Ghanaians, he stressed that it should not be done illegally without the necessary parliamentary approval.
During the sod-cutting event, President Akufo-Addo also mentioned steps taken to complete the Saglemi Housing Project, which had stalled since the previous government. The Saglemi Housing Project, started in 2012 in Prampram, faced financial issues during the previous administration, resulting in criminal proceedings against some government officials.
Cabinet has now tasked the Minister for Works and Housing, Francis Asenso-Boakye, with ensuring the completion of the Saglemi project through the involvement of a private sector entity.
This entity will be responsible for completing and selling the 1,506 housing units to the public without further cost to the government. A technical working group has been set up, and the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has given approval for a transaction advisor to oversee the project’s completion.