After a denial of the cost of an ongoing vice presidential villa by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Director of Communications of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akomea, has produced a documentary evidence that suggests that the villa indeed costs $14 million.
Nana Akomea, who appeared on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme on Saturday, produced what appears to be the original copy of the Architectural and Engineering Services Limited (AESL) covering the villa, stated that the NDC could not be trusted.
The AESL is an agency of state that provides consultancy services on all projects being executed.
Nana Akomea was responding to the controversy over an ongoing project which would house the vice president.
The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia triggered the controversy when he revealed that the former government had begun the project at the cost of $13.9 million.
He did not understand why any government would invest such an amount into such a project at a time when the country was reeling under dire economic challenges.
“Are the gates made of gold?” Dr. Mahamudu asked, and hinted that the project was awarded on a sole contract basis.
He said if the contract had been awarded on competitive basis, perhaps the cost would have been far lower.
But the NDC rejected the Bawumia claim and accused him of petty politicking.
Former presidential staff, Clement Apaak, suggested that the total cost of the project was $5.9 million, far lower than what had been put out by Dr. Bawumia.
The document dated January, 2016, is titled “Consultancy services for the administration and supervision of construction works for the official residence for the vice president of the republic of Ghana.”
Per the document the total cost of the project is $13,968,252.66, which would cover the cost of stone facing works, hard wood panel doors, external electrification works, sculpture and emblems.
The document indicates that a total amount of $8,179,138.95 has been spent already with an outstanding amount of $5,789,113.71 left to be paid for the completion of the project.
The document also has pictures of some parts of the building still under construction.
Nana Akomea stated that document incontrovertibly substantiated the initial claim made by Dr. Bawumia.
Asked what the new government intended to do with the building, Nana Akomea said the government would consider all options and evaluate the progress of work done so far, and take a decision.
But the NDC member on the panel and MP for Bolga Central Isaac Adongo challenged the authenticity of the document provided by Nana Akomea, saying the document did not contain some basic elements desirable for a project like that.
Asked if he had any contrary evidence, to challenge the 13.9 million claim, the MP said he did not have any but that does not take away his right to contest the authenticity of the document.
The NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has presented a document to dispute NPP government claims that the cost of a bungalow for the Vice-President is $13.9million.
According to the document, the contract sum of the bungalow is 3.56m. It did not indicate on the face of the document whether the currency is cedis or dollars.