Atta Mills, Mahama inflate road project cost- Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu

The Minority leader in Parliament  Osei Kyei Mensah –Bonsu has accused the Atta Mills and Mahama’s government of inflating cost of road projects executed across the country.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame constituency indicated that there were some disparities in the figures presented to Parliament.

Speaking on Abusua fm’s Abusua Nkommo hosted by Kwame Adinkrah, he accused the former Minister of Road and Transport Dzifa Attivor, of lying to Parliament when she attributed increase in road projects to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

‘Recently you heard the Minister for Road and Transport in parliament saying their administration increased the road projects from 39,000 to 71,000 so we should hail them.That is false, the minority drew her attention it is rather Kufuor’s administration that increased the road projects.

For 8years now, the government has added 5,000km to what they came to meet but the saddest aspect of it is that the 5,000km road project of former President  Mills and Mahama in dollar terms is way expensive than almost 30,000 road projects of Kufuor’s administration put together. Where from the disparity, if not corruption. Corruption is seen in everything they do if there is no corruption involved, then they won’t do it. Construction of Kumasi Airport 27million dollars, is that not corruption,’ he fumed.

The legislator observed that, road construction projects on the average cost the nation 480,000 dollars during Kufuor’s administration,whiles road construction by Mahama’s government cost 1.7 million dollars per km.

‘Is there any corruption that surpasses that, what make matters worse is that they connived with the contractors not to raise invoices for payment but put it in contracts that their monies would be paid after 90days with a compound bank interest. Before you realise by 2years time, the contractor is still not paid and the initial 1.7 million dollars is paid with a compound interest of over 3.4 million dollars for 1km,’ he asserted.

He wondered why Dzifa Attivor will quote one trillion as the money spent on Sekondi –Kojokrom road.

‘That same Dzifa Attivor said the extension of railway from Sekondi to Kojokrom cost 100,000,000, 1 trillion. It is beyond comprehension. How much is the railway truck,’ he asked.

By: Ghana/ Osei