A former Minister of Works and Housing under the Mills administration, Mr. E.T. Mensah, has said that the Saglemi Housing project comprised 5000 housing units and all the ancillary works and they all cost $200 million.
In an interview with Paul Adom-Otchere on his Good Evening Ghana show on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the former Minister gave detailed information about the project.
“The $200 million contracts included all the ancillary works as part of the 5000 houses. The ancillary works included the roads, electricity and water supplies, and all other works. All the baseline works were done” E. T. Mensah stated
He described statements to the contrary as naked lies as the project had the first phase of 5000 housing units and the ancillary works all costing the country $200 million.
“The 5000 housing units was the first phase. Whoever says otherwise is lying” the member of the council state emphasized.
A former Minister of Works and Housing and a successor to E. T. Mensah, Collins Dauda, standing trial for willfully causing financial loss to the state and other related charges for changing the nature of the Saglemi contract without parliamentary approval.
Hon. Collins Dauda supervised the project in which the 5000 housing units metamorphosed into 1200 units with the same $200 million.
The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, and Hon. Eric Opoku has said that the original contract as supervised by Mr. E. T. Mensah didn’t have the ancillary works and that part of the $200 million was used for those works.
Mr. E. T. Mensah has dealt these assertions a hefty blow with his version of the story as he was the originator of the whole Saglemi contract.
Mr. E. T. Mensah’s position on the matter weakens the case of Hon. Collins Dauda whose spin doctors have been saying something completely different from the truth as succinctly delivered by Mr. E. T. Mensah on Good Evening Ghana.