Former Chief Director to appear before court in connection with Saglemi project

 A Former Chief Director of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Hous­ing has been ordered to appear before the High Court within 48-hours.

Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu is to appear before the court for his plea to be taken in a criminal case pending since 2021.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ernest Owusu-Dapaa on Monday said the law will be applied accord­ingly if the accused fails to appear before court.

Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, who was the Chief Director of the Ministry from 2009 to 2017, along with four others, have been charged with causing financial loss to the state over the Saglemi affordable housing project.

The other defendants are a former Minister of the Ministry, Alhaji Collins Dauda, his succes­sor, Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah.

The rest are the Executive Chairman of Construtora OAS, the Brazilian company which constructed the affordable hous­ing project at Saglemi, Andrew Clocanas, and a director of RMS, the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) consultan­cy subcontractor, Nouvi Tetteh Angelo.

However, the case which began in August 2021, has been at a standstill due to the ill-health of the former Chief Director.

Meanwhile, the other accused pleaded not guilty to counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the state, misapplying public prop­erty, issuing false certificates and dishonestly causing loss to public property when they made their first appearance. – myjoyonline. com

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