The Minority in Parliament has rejected President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s 2nd year of roads.
They described President Akufo-Addo’s declaration of 2021 as a second year of roads as a charade.
According to the NDC MPs the President’s declaration is not backed by allocations to the sector in the 2021 budget.
Minority spokesperson on Roads and Transport Governs Kwame Agbodza in his contribution to the budget debate disclosed many of the Sinohydro road contracts have past their completion dates without a single activity.
According him, the budget allocation of the Roads Ministry has been slashed.
The Adaklu MP also described the $575 million Tema Motorway expansion contract to MoTA- Engil as illegal.
“in the 2020 budget, government said it was the year of roads and provided 1.2 billion cedis. In the 2021 budget which they say is the second year roads, government has provided less than 1billion. Where is the commitment of this government towards funding of roads in this country?
“Mr Speaker, road funds we are told generated 1.8billion cedis last year, how come government can’t make that money available to the road ministry? Government is misplaced in its priorities in terms of road construction,” he said.
The government of Ghana started a PPP project through an international bidding, invited bidders. One of them is MoTA-Engil, a Portuguese company.
The whole agreement was cancelled by the ministry, because they said the bid was not fit for purpose. Strangely, by 16 of December, the ministry signed an agreement with the same MoTa-Engils for a higher price than the PPP process.
By Komla Kluste|3news.com|Ghana