It appears the Member of Parliament for the Kpone Katamanso constituency, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo has been vindicated over the construction of the 6-unit classroom blocks that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) condemned whiles in opposition in 2016 over claims of a bloated budget for that project.
According to the former Greater Accra Regional Minister, if the NPP now in power is constructing the same 6-unit classroom blocks, which are costlier than what the NDC spent in 2015, Ghanaians are the best people to judge.
It emerged that the Ministry of Education allegedly bloated a budget for the construction of 6-unit classroom blocks to reduce the 181,993 estimated seat gaps expected in 2018’s enrolment due to the government’s double track school calendar initiative.
Documents from the Ministry of Education cited by Happy FM’s Kwame Afrifa-Mensah indicate that the ministry had budgeted GH¢404m to construct 622 separate classroom projects with each having 6 units. In effect, each 6-unit classroom block is estimated to cost GHc650,000 according to the document.
Speaking on Happy FM’s ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show, Afotey-Agbo said, “Today Nana Addo is the president and it is the NPP that is in power, what is the cost of the same project that they are building today?”
He added, “If they were justified and whatever cost of the project that was brought up at that time was correct, why the difference of that huge sum of money that today they are using to build a similar project or the same project at the cost 600 plus.”
In 2016 the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and now president said Ghana had been robbed of massive development because of the brazen theft of public resources and widespread cases of corruption under the watch of President Mahama. According to the NPP flagbearer, “monies earmarked for Ghana’s development have found their way into the pockets of people in government. Is it a surprise, therefore, that we are suffering in this country? A school which costs GH¢160,000 to construct by the private sector costs in excess of GH¢500,000 when done by government.”
However, Afotey-Agbo said he will not be judgmental but Ghanaians would be the best judges. “I’m not that vindictive and I’m not that diabolical and egoistic so I will not be following their activities and what they do at a point in time or every step that they take. But Ghanaians are watching and when it happens, they will come out to let the world know just like it is happening right now,” he noted.
Listen to full interview below.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah