PNC chides government for giving supervisory role of IPEP projects to “nonentities”

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The People’s National Convention (PNC) has called on the Nana Akufo-Addo led government to stop giving oversight responsibility of government projects to “nonentities”. According to the opposition party, it is bad governance to allow persons who are not government officials to handle the projects as holding such people to account for failures may be very difficult if not impossible.

At a press briefing at Zambogu R/C Primary School on August 27, 2020, Mr. John Kandumah, PNC’s regional secretary, described as “dishonourable, reprehensible and self-seeking” that the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) parliamentary candidate in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, Hon. Elvis Botaa, is the one spearheading the implementation of government projects under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) in the area. He said it is wrong and very unfortunate for the “self-seeking” parliamentary candidate to be responsible for supervising the construction of projects such as the Nadowli District Hospital mortuary and the 10-seater toilet facility at Kanyini.

The PNC’s regional scribe recalled how Elvis Botaa boasted as being the architect behind the construction of some thirty number boreholes in various communities within the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency, claiming that it “could not have been achieved if he Elvis had not lobbied for the projects”. He chastised the NPP PC for reaping where he did not sow and stated that Mr. Botaa’s claim for the IPEP projects is the “highest height of folly”.

Mr. Kandumah who is special aide to Bernard Mornah, the PNC National Chairman and Parliamentary Candidate in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency, also accused the ruling government of inflating the costs of projects under the IPEP against protecting the public purse as constitutionally mandated. He cited the renovation of a 3-unit classroom block at Tangasia for GH₵176,827.59 by Sitwell Company Ltd and another renovation of a 3-unit classroom block at Zambogu R/C Primary for GH₵156,695.31 by Maarong Company Ltd as a fleece on the public purse. For him, the “inflated figures” is not only worrying but embarrassing to the Ghanaian people. He therefore pleaded with constituents of the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency to join the “Tizaa Yela” (our collective agenda) campaign to get a perfect replacement in Chairman Mornah as the Member of Parliament to ensure continuous development in the area.

Describing the attitude of the contractor’s implementing the said projects as “lackadaisical”, Mr. Kandumah called on the Northern Development Authority and the Nadowli District Assembly to take charge of these publicly financed projects and eschew the politicization of same. He blamed the slow progress of work on the projects as a result of delegating supervisory authority to “nonentities”. The PNC admonished all contractors to work diligently to ensure all government projects are of good quality and completed within stipulated contract periods.