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Drop highly inflated $366m Pwalugu dam project – NDC MPs to Akufo-Addo

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Members of Parliament (MPs) from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have sent a message to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, demanding from him the immediate suspension of the US$366million Pwalugu Multi-purpose Dam deal which is currently before Parliament.

According to the NDC MPs, the cost of the project is highly inflated and must immediately be withdrawn for proper scrutiny before it commences.

“We maintain that the cost of the dam is highly inflated and unacceptable when compared to the cost of similar projects within and outside Ghana”, noted the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who addressed a press conference in Parliament, Wednesday afternoon, over the dam project.

For instance, they said 6000MW capacity of a renaissance hydro dam built by Ethiopia cost them US$6.4billion at a unit cost of US$1million. Uganda on the other hand also built the 183MW Isimba dam at US$568million at a unit cost US$962million.

Further to that, the 660MW Kafue dam built by Zambia cost the nation US$600million at a unit cost of US$1million while that of the 187MW Gilgel Gibe III dam cost US$1.8billion at a unit cost US$1million.

The 400MW Bui Dam on the other hand, according to the Minority Caucus, also cost Ghana US$790million at a unit cost of US$1.9 compared to the US$366million 60MW Pwalugu Dam at a unit cost of US$6million.

“The Pwalugu dam at 60MW which is expected to cost a whooping US$366million is extremely exorbitant and unacceptable. What this mean is that the unit cost of the Pwalugu Dam will eventually amount to US$6million per Megawatt. The cost is highly inflated. It defies conscience relative to value for money and must be suspended for further scrutiny”, an emotional Haruna Iddrisu opined.

Another issue of concern to the NDC MPs is the manner at which the Government hurriedly commissioned the dam project when approval for the contract had not been approved.

They are also much concerned about the way and manner the contract was awarded to PowerChina International Group Limited, insisting that the processes lacked transparency and is an affront to the procurement laws of the land.

“How was PowerChina International Group Limited selected as the contractor for this project? What was the procurement process adopted? It is obvious that President Akufo-Addo is attempting to saddle the state with huge debts that have the dangerous potential of crippling this nation. Even more troubling is the secrecy and opaque manner in which the contract was supposed to have been awarded. How come local companies are not involved in a giant project such as this which in the words of the President is fully funded by the Ghanaian tax payer? Why is the Government not adopting an open competitive process? We are convinced that the strategy adopted by this Government to introduce the agreement at the closing hours of Parliament in December last year was a deliberate attempt to railroad the process and avoid through scrutiny”, noted the Minority Leader who was surrounded by his followers.

To them, there is no value for money in the said project and the earlier it is suspended for proper scrutiny the better for the Government.

Source: kasapafmonline.com

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“Jean Mensa Will Die In A Car Accident Very Soon” – Ibrah 1 Drops Another Deep Prophecy

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Bipolar famous seer and now investigator, Ibrah 1; has revealed that the current EC boss, Mrs Jean Mensah will perish in a gory lorry accident very soon say bye-bye to Ghanaians.

According to Ibrah 1, the EC boss will die in a car accident. He further added that a male EC boss will be appointed and there will never be in the history of Ghana where there will be a female EC chairperson once again.

This follows after the Supreme Court of Ghana unanimously dismissed the election petition brought before it by the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama.

 

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Kidnappers Of Takoradi Girls Sentenced To Death

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The Sekondi High Court Presided over by Justice Richard Agyei Frimpong has sentenced to death two Nigerians, Sam Udeotuk Wills and John Orji for their involvement in the kidnapping and murder of four girls.

The judgement comes after a seven-member jury found them guilty on all the eight counts of the charge of conspiracy to murder and murder.

Justice Agyei Frimpong who reminded the counsel of the two convicts of their right to appeal within a 30-day window, gave the verdict after close to three hours sitting.

Source: Citinewsroom

 

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Don’t take alcohol after COVID-19 vaccine

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Former Ghana’s deputy minister of health Dr Okoe Boye has sounded a strong caution to drunkards not to drink alcohol after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

The medical Doctor advised the general public that one can only take in an alcohol after 48-72 hours from the time you had been vaccinated.

Speaking on Peace’s FM morning show, Dr Okoe indicated the vaccines have been developed and passed through clinical examination which is aimed to build a strong immune system against diseases.

Ghana got her first batch (600,000) of the vaccines last month under the COVAX vaccine program. The west African country is expected to take delivery of 42 million of the vaccine to fight against the virus.

Though some Ghanaians have raised concerns over the efficacy of the virus, we have witnessed more people with much desire in rush to take their jabs.

However Dr Okoe has been admonishing people especially drunkards to very careful not to take alcohol until after 48-72 hours.

“48 to 72 hours after the vaccine, even if you’re someone who drinks daily; avoid . . . so that when the vaccine triggers its process, at least in 48 hours (two days to three days), the foundation for producing your ‘soldiers’; it is well on course,” he stressed.

 

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