Based on Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia assertion that 20 percent of the affordable housing in Pusu-namongo community, in the Talensi district of Upper East Region has been completed, checks by A1 NEWS have revealed that only a pathway and a site for the project has been cleared.
President Akufo-Addo on Friday, November, 2019, the same day he cut sod for the construction of the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam, break grounds for the construction of a 120 housing unit made up of houses and apartments in the Pusu-namongo community christened, Rock Estates.
On Tuesday, August 18th, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia during a town hall meeting to launch the government performance tracker, indicated that works are ongoing at the affordable housing site in the Upper East Region and 20 percent of the project has been completed.
A1 NEWS visit to the site on Wednesday, saw a land of about a football pitch size, cleared and a pathway created from the main Bolgatanga-Tamale highway leading to the project site while a bulldozer parked at the entrance to the site.
A1 NEWS independent checks cannot ascertain whether the 20 percent completion as said by the Vice President represents the acquisition of the land or the clearing of the site.
But the checks revealed that foundation for the project nor any serious works has not taken place at the site since the sod was cut in November last year for an affordable housing project for the Upper East Region.
Nelson Tibil, a farmer at the project site said, the site for the project was cleared just last week Thursday, 20th August, two days after Dr. Bawumia launched the government performance tracker.
“Since November that the president came here, it was just Thursday that a driver came to clear this place and they promised us that they will come back on Monday, but when the driver for this machine [bulldozer] came here, he only spark the machine but he didn’t move it to the site. So apart from the clearing of the land, no one comes here”.
Even though molded blocks and heaps of gravel were seen at the location of the affordable housing project, Mr. Tibil who has been farming there for years says portions of the land for the project were sold to private individuals before the sod was cut.
“This land was sold to individuals so these blocks and the stones belongs to those who bought the lands”.
President Akufo-Addo who was accompanied by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea during the sod-cutting ceremony tasked management of the State Housing Company to make sure the project was completed on time.
The Rock Estates when completed would consist of 4-bedrooms, 3-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms detached and semi-detached apartments.