The Western Regional office of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has refuted the claim by the Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawamia that the 13 housing units affordable project the government is building at Ituma Estate which is about 75% complete does not exist.
Western Regional Communication Director of the NDC, Richard Kirk Mensah who embarked on a fact-finding mission with media personnel to ascertain the truth found that the said project does not exist in the area.
The claims by the Western Region NDC comes on the back of a presentation made by the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawamia at a Town Hall Meeting held at the Academy of Arts in Accra on August 18, 2020, to tell Ghanaians the government’s story with regard to infrastructural development since they assumed office in 2017.
The Vice President put the total number of the housing projects initiated by Akufo-Addo’s government at 1,229 with 232 completed and 997 ongoing.
Mr. Mensah stressed that the Vice President claims that the housing project at Ituma Estate which is about 75 percent complete and Essei Lagoon Bridge in Sekondi was done by this government and is all palpable lies.
According to him, the bridge was constructed and commissioned by the regime of former President John Dramani Mahama at s cost of 4.8 million dollars by China Railway Wuju Corporation, the contractor.
Mr. Kirk Mensah said he became shocked when he heard the Vice President spewing lies in public against the oaths he swore to be honest and truthful at all times on January 7, 2017.
He said, the estate which belongs to the State Housing Corporation has been in existence for the past twenty years. He added that he has personally acquired two properties from the place for his friends 10 years ago.
The Western Regional Communication Officer on the main opposition party described Dr. Bawamia as a dishonest person who is full of lies and deceit. He called on Ghanaians to reject the government of Nana Akufo-Addo because he has failed to deliver his promises.
Some residents we spoke said they don’t know the whereabouts of the housing projects the Vice President talked about.
A resident, Nana Kwame who has been residing the estate for the past 10 years in an interview denied having knowledge of the project.
“We have not seen any truck bringing load for government project here apart from the individual workers who are working on individual houses there is no government affordable housing project at this estate as claimed by Alhaji Dr. Bawamia.”
Atinka Media Village checks from the Western Regional office of the State Housing Corporation have also proven otherwise to the Vice President’s claim.
A deep throat at the office said that they were informed somewhere last year about government intention to build affordable houses for the people at Ituma where the corporation has land to carry out such project and since then they have not heard anything from the Ministry.
The officer, therefore, denied the existence of the 13 housing unit project at the State Housing Corporation Ituma Estate.
Below are some photos of individual houses at the estate:
Source: Matthew Dadzie/Ghananest.com