NDC denies approving $13.9 million for Veep residence

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has disputed the allegation made by Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia that the ex-President John Dramani Mahama, approved 13.9 million dollars for an official residence for Vice President.

Deputy National Communications Director of the Party, Mr Fred Agbenyo, Dr Bawumia’s allegation that the government under the NDC hid the data of the expenditure on the building was inaccurate.

“I am only putting on record that the NDC government under President John Mahama did not approve of 13.9 million dollars to be used to put up the Vice President’s accommodation, hence the allegation is not true,” he said.

Mr Agbenyo urged the Vice President to consult the Ministry of Finance, the Governor of Bank of Ghana, and all other financial institutions to clarify his allegations.

He said a department of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing did all the technical works of the building and brought up how much it would cost to build it and this was subsequently approved by Parliament.

Meanwhile, Director of Communications of the NPP Nana Akomea has produced a document that covered the project.

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 will 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 substantiates the initial claim made by Bawumia, a claim the NDC denied and poured venom on the vice president.

Asked what the new government intends to do with the building, Nana Akomea said the government will consider all options and the 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.

He said 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.

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