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Government has been urged to expedite action on the disbursement of a 50 Million Dollar facility meant for repair works on Ghana’s Missions abroad.
The conditions of some of Ghana’s Missions abroad are said to be in such a deplorable state which does not befit the status of a Nation which was among the first to gain independence among African Nations over 60 years ago.
The issue came up on the Floor of Parliament on Tuesday during the discussion of the Report of the Committee of Foreign Affairs on the state of Ghana’s Missions abroad.
The Committee which payed visits to some of the missions abroad as part of it’s oversight responsibility referred to the conditions of the properties in the Missions as deplorable.
Some of the Missions they visited include: Washington, USA; New York, USA; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Soul, South Korea; Beijing, China; Abuja, Nigeria; Lagos, Nigeria; and Nairobi, Kenya.
According to the Report, most of the properties acquired to house Ghana’s Missions since independence have not seen any significant renovation whiles others have become unfit for purpose.
As a result, Government in 2016, secured a loan facility of 50 Million Dollars from Societe’ General to rehabilitate and reconstruct some of these Missions and also acquire additional properties.
Though the loan was approved by Parliament in 2016 and works was expected to commence in 2017, the facility is yet to be applied to improve the status of the 33 Missions selected to benefit from the project.
In the presentation of the Committee’s report on the Floor of the House, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annoh-Dompreh indicated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not been able to execute the project despite interest being accrued on the facility.
He said the Ministry explained it was due to the fact that there are a number of host country restrictions and procurement challenges that were encountered in the execution of the project which has caused the undue delay of the works.
In their contribution to the discussion, the Members of Parliament minced no words at all about the extent to which these Missions have been allowed to deteriorate to over the years across different governments without putting in place appropriate mechanisms to rehabilitate them.
The Member of Parliament for the Wa Central constituency, Dr. Rashid Pelpuo, for instance, wanted a law to be put in place with a severe sanctioning regime which would sanction authorities for lack of maintenance of the properties they have jurisdiction over in both home and abroad.
He observed that duty bearers must note that the acquisition of property is as important as maintaining them and therefore priority should not be put on one and leaving the other.
Source: Clement Akoloh || Africanewsradio.com