This network has sighted a release from the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea which is a response to Kevin Ekow Taylor, a USA based journalist and operator of the Facebook account with the name With All Due Respect - Loud Silence Media over allegations of signing two contracts in August and October 2018 to the tune of close to $35 billion with two separate companies.
According to the Hon. Atta Akyea, the claims by Kevin Taylor are false and a deliberate fabrication and “a well orchestrated plan to bring my hard earned reputation and image into public disrepute.”
He further hints that he has directed his lawyers to study the publication and advice on legal remedies available to him. He however admits having had initial discussions with the companies and had relied on the expertise of the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Solomon Asoalla, but denied that any contract was signed.
Read full statement below:
September 5, 2019
DISREGARD FRIVOLOUS AND MALICIOUS CLAIMS BY KEVIN EKOW TAYLOR
My attention has been drawn to a video making the rounds on social media with regards to some supposed $961 million and $34.409 billion contracts signed in August and October, 2018 respectively with Othniel Limited and Greenspan Innovations Limited/Global Housing Solutions.
A further check also reveals that these purported video commentaries were authored and broadcasted by one Ekow Kevin Taylor.
I would have naturally disregarded this frivolous publication but for the fact that my attention has been drawn to it from the top. For that matter, I think I owe a duty to react initially to the allegations and to state my further position on this.
Outrightly, I deny the authenticity of the documents being bandied about by this gentleman, and see his conduct as a well orchestrated plan to bring my hard earned reputation and image into public disrepute.
I must admit that there were some engagements with the said companies in line with President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to providing quality and affordable houses to the increasing Ghanaian population across the country. However, I state categorically that there was nothing beyond our initial deliberations.
I have relied greatly on the expertise of the Chief Director of the Ministry of Works and Housing. Following the challenges encountered in some payments made from the ministry by the previous Chief Director, I have taken it upon myself to involve, at all times, the services and expertise of Mr. Solomon Asoalla the Chief Director whose vast understanding in the area of construction is not in doubt.
The ministry has not, and I repeat for emphasis, the ministry has not signed any contract to this effect. I dispute forthright, the claims contained in the said video, and have directed my lawyers to study the content of the said publication and to advice me on legal remedies available to me.
I wish to reiterate that I am committed to the vision of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo the president of the Republic in providing quality houses for the well-being of the people of Ghana.
Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea
MP, Minister for Works and Housing