According to reports, pro-opposition pressure group Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), has alleged that the cost of the Conti project which involves the dredging of the Odaw River was outrageously inflated.
The inflation of project costs saga which has affected different sectors of the economy is becoming more or less a communicable disease in the country at the moment. According to reports, pro-opposition pressure group Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has alleged that the cost of the Conti project was outrageously inflated. The Conti project involves the dredging of the Odaw River and the construction of drains.
AFAG has demanded government to reduce the cost which they believe was inflated. Arnold Boateng, the General Secretary of the group, compared the cost of the Conti project to the cost of a similar one on the river Niger, which was done at half the cost of the Conti project. According to him, the similar project on the river Niger cost about $200 million and covered 75 kilometres, whereas the Conti project which is less than 10 kilometres was cost for over $600 million, which is outrageous.
Mr Boateng was said to have paid a visit with the group to the Odaw River where the dredging project is in progress.
The Conti Project
The 660 million-dollar contract for the Conti project was signed in 2013 between the Government of Ghana and the Conti Group of companies of the United States of America. The aim of the five year project is to control the flooding problem in the capital city and other sanitation issues.
In 2015, over 150 people died in a twin disaster of fire and flooding, partly caused by the overflow of the Odaw River near the Kwame Nkrumah circle. The disaster was expected to hasten activities on the project to prevent similar situation from taking place once again. But that is not the case as the inflated cost of the project and other impeding factors are slowing down the process.
AFAG, expressed their concerns over slow pace of work on the dredging of the Odaw River, most especially the cost of the project. The group has described the cost as a ‘rip off’ on tax and is demanding for an immediate review of the contract AFAG has also threatened to demonstrate against the government if their demands are not met.