Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has debunked claims by the Minority in Parliament that the value-for-money audit was not conducted on Ghana’s $2billion Sinohydro road projects.

According to the Minority MPs, there is no legal opinion from the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, covering the project which is a requisite backed by law.

They have, therefore, called on the government to provide a value-for-money audit and a legal opinion from the Attorney-General as required by law before the projects commence.

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However, addressing the media on Wednesday, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, described the Minority’s claims as “not true”.

“First of all, there is no rule that a value-for-money audit is a prerequisite for parliamentary approval and has never been the case. There are two agreements that always go to parliament before the approval of any project – the technical and the financial…,” he explained.

“The claims are untrue because I know the minority never desired the sinohydro project and they, at every stage, sought an impediment to it but the value-for-money audit report is available so if parliament requires, they should request for it,” he stated.

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President Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, cut sod for commencement of the much-anticipated road infrastructure projects in Tamale.

The Sinohydro project which is a $2bn infrastructure for bauxite project between Ghana and Sinohydro is expected to improve infrastructure projects such as hospitals, bridges, interchanges, roads, affordable housing and fishing landing sites in line with government’s development agenda.

Source: Adom News/ Abednego Asante Asiedu

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