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Provide details on the construction of new BoG HQ within seven days – Ayariga to Addison

The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has written to the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison requesting information relating to the new Headquarters building of BoG at Ridge in Accra.

The lawmaker’s request among four key ones includes the cost of the land on which the BoG’s new building is being constructed under section 18 of the Right to Information Act 2019 ACT (989). 

Mahama Ayariga – MP for Bawku Central

According to Mr. Ayariga, his request was by the instruction of Ing. Kwame Governs Agbodza, the representative of the Adaklu constituency and Chief Whip of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in the Parliament of Ghana (Minority Chief Whip).

New Bank Of Ghana Construction Building

Attached is the letter with details of the requests

The Bank of Ghana in a recent statement noted that it is spending $250 million to build a new head office because its current office which was built in the 1960s has failed a structural integrity assessment.

It said, the edifice “is no longer fit for purpose and could not stand any major earth tremors.”

Meanwhile, Private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu has shared a different perspective on the cost of the new Bank of Ghana headquarters.

According to him, the new BoG headquarters under construction is cheaper compared to what private developers had done in the past. Mr Kpebu applauded government for undertaking such a project at a less expensive cost and asked critics to take a second look at the project’s cost.

“I looked at this document, it is called 2021 property and construction – when you go to page 81 you see that in Ghana the average if you want to build shows 2,658 dollars per square meter yet this particular building is far cheaper not exceeding 2,200 dollars per square meter.”

According to him, the fact that Covid-19 hit the nation does not mean that the country should not undertake any developmental projects.

He added that having an economic challenge does not preclude the construction of buildings and that the construction of roads and other projects stimulates the economy.

However, he noted that the issue of contention is the reckless borrowing of the government.

He has thus backed calls for the Governor, Dr Ernest Addison, and his two deputies to resign.

Mr Kpebu says the trio have no business staying considering the mismanagement that they have caused at the central bank. 

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