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Collins Dauda, 2 others granted bail after a not guilty plea

 Two previous Ministers for Water Resources, Works, and Housing, who are confronting preliminary for their supposed fake jobs in the neglected Saglemi reasonable lodging project, have been allowed bail by the High Court. 

Alhaji Collins Dauda was conceded a self-recognizance bail, while his replacement, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, was conceded bail as much as $65 million with three guarantees, one being a local official. 

The two previous pastors and three others are confronting 52 tallies of criminal accusations for deliberately twisting public property, wilfully making monetary misfortune the Republic, and untrustworthily making misfortune public property. 

Alhaji Collins Dauda, a previous Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, and his replacement Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, have been blamed for spending more than $196 million on the Saglemi lodging project when examinations uncovered that the expense of works executed on the site, including consultancy administrations, was about $64,982,900.77. 

The third charged individual who was a Chief Director at the service was additionally allowed bail as much as $65 million or its cedi comparable with three guarantees. 

The blamed people who were all present in court argued not blameworthy to the charges. The case has been dismissed to October 13, 2021. 

Realities of the case 

As per current realities of the case introduced by the Attorney General, Godfred Dame, a leader request endorsing the development of 5,000 reasonable lodging units, to be known as the Saglemi Affordable Housing Project, was conceded by then-President, John Dramani Mahama in August 2012. 

The undertaking, which had parliamentary endorsement, was supported by Credit Suisse, and the lodging units were to be offered to laborers through contract courses of action given by the then Ghana Home Loans Company. The worker for hire for the venture is a Brazilian organization, Construtora OAS Ltd. 

In the realities introduced to the court, the Ministry of Finance [borrower], and the bank consented to an office arrangement on January 4, 2013, for the arrival of $200 million to support the development of the 5,000 lodging units, the day on which the Housing Minister additionally consented to the EPC arrangement with Construtora OAS, addressed by Clocanas, the fourth blamed. 

As indicated by the AG, the task was to be executed in four stages on 2,172 sections of land of land at an agreement cost of $200 million, including consultancy administrations. 

An Escrow Management Agreement, a condition point of reference to the arrival of the office to the borrower, was likewise marked, in accordance with the office and the EPC arrangements, he said. 

He further expressed that on February 27, 2014, Dauda, without parliamentary endorsement, looked into the EPC understanding and marked both the first and the changed (rehashed) concurrence with Construtora OAS, addressed by Clocanas. 

The update purportedly changed the extent of works and the use of the $200 million endorsed by Parliament. 

This new arrangement required the worker for hire to execute the venture in three stages over a site of 1,272 sections of land, while the $200 million was currently to be applied towards the execution of just the primary period of the undertaking, involving pretty much 1,502 lodging units. 

This was in opposition to the leader and parliamentary endorsements, just as the office and Escrow Management arrangements. 

On December 21, 2016, as per current realities, the Chief Director, Yakubu, again checked on the first and reexamined the (repeated) understanding and marked them (second and his reconsidered or rehashed), without plan of action to Parliament. 

That prompted a further decrease in the extent of works to 1,412 lodging units at an updated cost of $181 million, and stretched out the finish period to July 31, 2017, the investigator asserted.

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