Former President John Dramani Mahama has criticized President Nana Akufo-Addo for abandoning the Saglemi Housing project initiated during his administration. Mahama has voiced his disapproval of Akufo-Addo’s decision to allocate billions of cedis to the controversial National Cathedral project while neglecting the Saglemi Housing initiative.
In a Facebook post on Monday, August 7, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer expressed his concern that the Akufo-Addo government chose to abandon the Saglemi Housing project solely due to its association with his administration. Mahama accused the government of prioritizing their own interests over the well-being of ordinary Ghanaians.
Mahama stated, “It is unacceptable for Akufo-Addo to spend over half a billion cedis on a national cathedral project that has ultimately failed due to corruption and is now abandoned, yet refuses to commit funds to complete a housing project that will benefit thousands of Ghanaian families.”
He criticized the government’s misplaced priorities, asserting that leadership should prioritize citizens’ welfare and ensure the completion of projects regardless of their origins. Mahama found President Akufo-Addo’s explanation that funds were lacking for the Saglemi project humiliating.
“The misplaced priorities of a government that claims it is unable to raise money to complete the Saglemi housing project and yet is willing to spend half a billion cedis on the largest civil excavation in Africa is a humiliating slap in the face of Ghanaians who entrusted Akufo-Addo with their mandate.”
Mahama lamented the missed opportunities for countless Ghanaian families to have better living conditions and for individuals to have a true place to call home in Saglemi.
President Akufo-Addo recently justified his government’s decision to initiate a new housing project instead of continuing with the Saglemi Housing project. He cited the issues surrounding the Saglemi project and the need to prevent further financial burdens on the country.
The Saglemi Housing Project began in 2016 but faced delays and setbacks. President Akufo-Addo stated that investigations had been initiated into the scope of work and expenses related to the project. He outlined the additional funds required to complete the Saglemi project and highlighted his government’s commitment to providing essential infrastructure to enhance living conditions.
The debate over the Saglemi Housing project reflects ongoing discussions about the allocation of government funds and the completion of crucial projects in Ghana