Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta-Akyea has admitted his Ministry paid over $7 million to Constratora OAS Ghana Limited, contractors of the controversial Sagleme Housing Project in March 2017.
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He has, however, stated that he was neither aware of the
payment nor was it sanctioned by him revealing that it could have been done by
the Chief Director of the Ministry at the time even though he was the Minister.
Asked on Accra-based Asempa Fm how come he was not aware of
such huge payment even though he is the Minister responsible, he stated that it
was the handy work of one Ziblim.
“It has come out in a very pathetic way. Ziblim at my blind
side went and made the payment without my permission…there is a looming problem
and you will soon see whether a Chief Director can sanction a payment without
the approval of his Minister,” he disclosed.
When the host Osei Bonsu pointed out to him that he is
vicariously responsible for whatever transpires at the Ministry including the
acts of his subordinates, he disagreed.
“I am not responsible for criminal vicarious liability.
There is nothing like a vicarious liability when it comes to criminality
because I have not asked anyone to take any money and engage in a criminal
act,” he defended.
Told in the face he has disappointed Ghanaians by sitting
aloof and allow such payment to go through when he is supposed to superintend
over happenings at the Ministry of Works and Housing he instead said thievery
rather gained strength over him.
“Thievery has gained strength and the lack of the fear of
God played a part. This is not my Chief Director but the one I came to meet. Do
you know that after winning the December 2016 elections the signed a management
contract over this and paid a company in Dubai? There is a problem in Ghana and
a lot of issues will come out,” he stated on the show.
He however promised to make emerging issues public and demand answers from those culpable in facilitating payment with approval from the Chief Director in concert with someone at the Finance Ministry.
“I have not sanctioned any payment to Sagleme. Do you know my signature is very notorious and it has been proven I did not sanction those payments”, he asked.