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‘New VP’s residence: Mahama not involved’



Uproar over $14m cost of construction


By Joseph Ojumu


A controversy is brewing in Ghana over who gave the required approval for a $14m official residence for the Vice President of Ghana.

In a statement on the subject, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) refuted claims by country’s Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia that former President John Mahama approved the amount of 13.9 million dollars for the official accommodation of Vice President.

Deputy National Communications Director of the opposition Party, Mr Fred Agbenyo stated that the assertion by the VP is showing that the administration under the leadership of John Mahama hid the information and amount related to the building and labor expenditures, which was not valid. This is just an allegation against the ex-President, he said.

He stated, ‘I am only putting on record that Mahama-led NDC government did not approve of 13.9 million dollars for the official residence of Vice President, therefore this claim is not true.’

Moreover, he also asked Dr Mahamudu Bawumia to consult all the financial institutions in Ghana and take genuine information and clarify all the doubts. He asked him to visit the Governor of Bank of Ghana and the Ministry of Finance that might help him (VP).

He added that the sector of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing manage all infrastructural and construction work and they knew how much it cost to build a government residence for the VP and that amount was approved by Parliament.



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