A former deputy Education Minister, Okudzeto Ablakwa has chastised the Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency, Adwoa Safo over her claims that the erstwhile Mahama government should not be credited for the community day Senior High School project in her constituency.
According to Adwoa Safo, she secured the necessary funding from the World Bank for the project hence should be credited for it.
“It is absurd for the NDC [National Democratic Congress] administration to claim ownership of the Kwabenya SHS project, when they are aware that, all the Community Day SHSs built by the former President Mahama were situated only in their strongholds,” she said while addressing her constituents.
But speaking on the Point Blank segment on Eyewitness News, Ablakwa dismissed these claims, saying the project was part of Mahama’s 200 community SHS project executed nationwide.
“The World Bank appraisal document is available even on the World Bank website as we speak. The World Bank has no room for dealing with Members of Parliament on this government interventions. If this is her project then the World Bank would have released funds to her and she would have then gone through the procurement processes and award the project. I bet you, Adwoa Safo does not even know who the contractor is for this project. She does not know how this project was awarded. There is really no need to engage in this outright falsehood,” he noted.
Ablakwa said although he respects Adwoa Safo who aside being the deputy Majority Leader in Parliament is also the Minister of Procurement, “I do not expect that she will do that.”
“When President Mahama commissioned the project, I was there. He actually commissioned that one the same day he commissioned the one at the Adentan constituency. She was not even there. The MP who says today that we shouldn’t take credit, she couldn’t even have the courage to show up. We invited everyone …we invited the assembly, the MP because this is a national project. It is not just about NDC, it’s a national project,” Ablakwa added.
Commissioning of Kwabenya Community SHS
Former President John Mahama commissioned the Kwabenya Community SHS on November 12, 2016.
He promised to upgrade the Kwabenya to Berekuso but he could not retain the presidency to fulfill that promise.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana