- Firebrand NPP MP, Kennedy Agyapongs says he can execute the $1.2 billion Ghana Card project with only $50m
- According to the MP, the Executive Director of the NIA, Prof Ken Attafuah is involved in fraud
The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has lashed out at Government over the decision to spend $1.2 billion on the National Identification Project (Ghana Card).
According to him, it is totally out out place for a third-world country like Ghana to be spending such a colossal amount on the making ID cards when a far lesser amount could be used for the same project.
The outspoken MP said if given the chance, he could use just $50 million to execute the job, describing the current budget for the Ghana Card as a "fraud".
Mr. Agyapong also hit out at the Executive Director of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof Ken Attafuah, saying he must be stopped from needlessly wasting the State's money.
According to him, he personally brought a company before the NIA which was willing to undertake the same project for just $50 million, but Prof Attafuah and his outfit rejected the offer.
"Are we crazy? 1.2 Billion DOLLARS for Ghana Card? Are you out of your mind? Are we crazy? This is thievery. They are disgracing Akufo-Addo and it really pains me. Are we crazy in this country? I speak for Ghana, I don In India, their population is 1.2 billion people and they used the same amount for a similar project. Ghana we are “A poor country like Ghana?" Mr. Agyapong said.
He added: "I took a company to NIA that was willing to do the Ghana Card for $50million. NIA rejected the offer and is currently spending $1.2billion on the Ghana Card. The NPP cannot defend the $1.2 billion for the Ghana Cards. They cannot!”
The NIA has courted controversy in recent weeks following revelations that the Authority is set to spend a whopping $1.22 billion on the Ghana Card project.
In an interview with TV3, head of the NIA, Prof Attafuah, confirmed that “over the next 15years, this project is going to cost us as a nation $1.22 billion”, adding that "the private partners share of this burden is 678 million dollars, the government of Ghana component 531 million dollars."
Meanwhile, the registration exercise for the cards has once again been indefinitely postponed after certain hiccups were encountered yesterday.
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