Works and Housing Ministry Receives Bids for Completion of Saglemi Housing Project

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Works and Housing Ministry Receives Bids for Completion of Saglemi Housing Project
Works and Housing Ministry Receives Bids for Completion of Saglemi Housing Project

Africa-Press – Ghana. The Ministry of Works and Housing has received bids from five organizations to complete 1,506 housing units at Saglemi.

The sector minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said his outfit is committed to ensuring a transparent process.

The Saglemi housing units were started by the John Mahama-led government in 2012.

A loan of $200 million was secured to construct an initial 5,000 affordable housing units to be sold to citizens but as of 2017, 1,506 units were built but not completed.

The projects stalled after the NPP government took over, citing legal issues.

Government has now resolved to complete the project and in April this year, a request for proposal was made inviting private sector participation.

On Monday, July 8, the Works and Housing Ministry received bids from five organisations.

“We have already requested of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to help us to select an independent evaluation entity and I do understand that four organisations are pre- qualified by the PPA out of which we will select one.

We will select one of these accounting firms by close of business on Wednesday and we will hand over all of these bids to the independent evaluation entity, so that they do the evaluation and submit to us the evaluation report,’’ Mr Oppong Nkrumah explained.

He stressed that the Ministry is working with the Public Procurement Authority to ensure that the process is transparent.

“We are committed as a Ministry in accordance with our transparency policy in transactions of this nature and in accordance with the proactive disclosure sections of the Right to Information Act…and we will publish online all of these bids we have received, and we will also publish the evaluation report that comes. So that every Ghanaian knows how these bids were evaluated,” he assured.

The Minister noted that the housing units currently do not have electricity, water and sewage system but emphasized government’s commitment to seeing to it that they are redeveloped and handed over for use.

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