Atta Akyea Runs For Cover Over $1.6m Alleged Payment To Contractor Of Saglemi Housing Saga …Says His Chief Director May Have Authorized It Not Him.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea has denied flat allegations leveled against him by the minority caucus in parliament that he has made some financial committed to contractor of Saglemi Housing project saga.

According to him the alleged authorization for the payment of an amount of $1.6m to the contractor in the centre of the Housing saga can certainly not come him but a chief director of him ministry may has sanctioned for the payment.

Speaking in an interview with the media, Mr. Atta Akyea insisted that as far as his memories can serves him, he has never put his hand (signature) under any document authorizing payment of $i.6m to contractors who is deeply involved in a scandal his outfit is pursuing.

“It’s never true that I have authorized any payment. No I haven’t and will not sign for anything which I suspect to be fishy.

I’m the spending officer and I tell you I have not spent a dime on the Saglemi Housing project which is currently under investigation.” The Minister of Works and Housing reiterated.

Mr. Atta Akyea however, assured Ghanaians that whoever authorized for the alleged payment of $1.6 million will be equally dealt with be it the chief director or any other person. “No chief director has the prerogative to authorized payment. That right is solely for the minister.” He warned.

But when the former deputy minister of works and housing, and the current Member of Parliament for Bodi Constituency in the Western region, Mr. Sampson Ahi who made the allegation was reached via phone he maintained his earlier position that the current Works and Housing minister authorized for payment.

“Under his watch as a minister, he honoured certificates raised by the consultants of the project and payment of $1.6 million was made to the contractor.” He said.

If Atta Akyea want Ghanaians to believe what he is saying that a chief director may has honoured those certificates and not him, then what is he doing as a minister at the Works and Housing ministry. The MP for Bodi enquired.


Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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