The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has stated that he intends to file a complaint with the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) against Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), and his appointees.
His justifications have to do with the contracts that were given out for the building of a new central bank headquarters.
In a letter dated October 2, 2023, addressed to the BoG Governor, the NDC MP hinted at the threat and expressed his unhappiness with the lack of transparency and information offered by the central bank’s leadership regarding the contract awards.
The letter reads that “I write to inform you that I will refer you and your deputies to the Office of the Special Prosecutor for investigation and possible prosecution. This is in relation to the matter of the award of a contract for the construction of a new head office building for the Bank of Ghana. I suspect that your team, in collusion with the contractors, overpriced the project with a possible view to obtaining personal gain’’.
‘’I reject your use of “national security considerations” as a reason to refuse to answer my questions properly. My decision to report you is in view of your refusal to provide a proper response to my request for information pursuant to the Right to Information Request.”
“Let me assure you that we will pursue you until you come clean on how a project which you yourself had originally priced at USD100,857,924.48 for 73,000sq.m got awarded to Messrs. Goldkey Properties Limited, in the same year, at USD121,807,8517.94 and how a variation in scope of works of about 36.9% increase has led to a project cost escalation of 84% increase which has resulted in the 107,737sq.m now costing USD 222,799,760.55’’.
‘’This is a project priced in United States Dollars. This we do for the love of country and in pursuit of A Better Ghana,” he stated in the letter.