Member of Parliament [MP] for Efutu Constituency in the Central Region, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markins has challenged Dr. Clement Apaak, MP for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region to disprove within 24hours before parliament the $13.9m figure put out by Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia on the uncompleted Vice Presidential official residence at Cantonments in Accra.
To him, the MP for Juaboso, Hon. Kwabena Mintah-Akando can do same since he also disagrees with the Vice President’s figures.
According to him, they just have to seek guidance from the Speaker of Parliament to tender for interrogation into the issues.
At the launch of the Ghana Corporate Governance Initiative in Accra under the auspices of Action Chapel International on the topic ‘The Role of Integrity and Transparency in Accelerating Ghana’s Development’ Dr. Bawumia noted that the current government has discovered this while interrogating data on the previous government’s expenditure.
The Vice President equally expressed shock and dismay over the $13.9million being spent on the construction of an accommodation for Vice Presidents, which has currently stalled and as well the attempts to conceal the GH¢7 billion arrears, when it was not covered in the transition notes by the previous government.
However, Dr Apaak on Starr FM's morning show on February 1st noted that Dr Bawumia had created a false impression claiming the Mahama administration agreed on $13.9million for the project, when instead it was $5.9million.
"Let me emphasize that it was even the then-Vice President who briefed the current Vice President on this issue, and made him aware of the fact that he [Amissah-Arthur] became alarmed about the overpayments so much that he queried the development and ordered that no more payment be made until the issue was resolved between the contractor and Staff of Architectural and Engineering Service Limited [AESL]. So I think that the current Vice President need to provide further and better particulars and those further and better particulars can be obtained from AESL," he said.
Hon. Afenyo Markins during a panel discussion on UTV’s ‘Adekye Nsroma’ stressed “I have not said that Dr. Bawumia cannot make mistakes, but as an Economist holding a PHD rank, he would be very specific with his figures. Therefore, the fact that you don’t like him as a person does not invalidate his figures because he is not the type who talks anyhow.”
Source: Elizabeth Semiheva Bedi /Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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