President Mahama has responded to the allegations suggesting that he inflated the Cost of the Kasoa Interchange project.
Criticisms have been flowing in from all corners of opposition suggesting that President Mahama had somehow changed the cost of the Kasoa project to favor himself. Chief of the accusers are the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Following the approval of the $172 million project by parliament in October 2015, Mahama has been tongue lashed countless times regarding the cost of the project.
A major critic Nana Addo who is the flag bearer of the NPP was of the opinion that Mahama should go back to the drawing board and cut down the costs which he believes were deliberately inflated. He had said the project could go at half the cost which was approved, and that it was one of the 21 projects handled by Mahama which has drawn negative attentions as regards to its financing.
At the ground breaking event for the official commencement of the construction, Mahama, in view of the negative side talks, clapped back at his critics, describing them as ‘a new breed of political quantity surveyors’, and said they were only judging from a distance.
“You cannot just stand at a distance and look at two items and determine that the cost of the item must be this, just because you are looking at it from a distance …and so, when you have a new breed of political quantity surveyors, who can just stand and look at something and say it’s too expensive then you have a problem”, he said.
He continued that he does not consider such criticisms fit to make him relent in his work to bring development to the people.
Also at the event, Mahama promised to make asphalt for about 95 kilometres of urban roads in the Central Region. He mentioned the urban areas that would benefit from the 95-Kilometre asphalt roads to be; Cape Coast, Winneba, Elmina, Mankessim, and Agona Swedru. Among others, Mahama explained the very many establishments embedded in the project’s infrastructural plan.
These are ranging from, flyovers, ultra-modern Polyclinic, ancillary projects such as crèches, day-care centres, bus terminals, boreholes etc, in a bid to improve on the link roads, and enhance Municipality in Kasoa area.
The primary aim of the Kasoa Interchange project is to ease the traffic congestion in and around Accra -Cape Coast highway.