Works and Housing Minister and member of parliament for Bantema Constituency, Francis Asenso-Boakye is disappointed that the Keta Sea defence project did not find expression in the 2022 budget presented by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on November 17, 2021.
The Minister, acknowledging the urgent need for the construction of the project, observed that his Ministry had an engagement with the Finance Ministry to fashion out a roadmap for the implementation of the project.
“The Ministry is taking important steps to implement phase 2 of the project. The Hydrological Service Department has completed an evaluation of technical and financial proposals for the second phase, and my Ministry is engaging the Ministry of Finance to raise the needed funds for its implementation”.
This comes on the back of an urgent question filed by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, asking the Minister to provide updates on the second phase of the Blekuso Sea Defense project.
Efutu MP, in his supplementary question to the Minister on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, November 24, quizzed the Minister on why the project was not captured in the 2022 budget.
“Mr Speaker, I went through the budget for 2022 as presented by the Finance Minister and didn’t see anything about phase 2. From the Minister’s answer, is it his case that as a result of the preliminary works not having been completed could perhaps be the reason for not budgeting for same in 2022?” he quizzed.
He further added that “because the Minister said they are doing some preliminary works and so he is unable to determine even the cost. I would want to find out from the Minister whether the inability to complete the costing is the reason why the project hasn’t found space in the 2022 budget?”
But the Works and Housing minister in response, indicated that he was hoping the project would be captured in the budget because of a series of engagements he’s had with the Finance Ministry.
“We had had all the necessary engagement with the Finance Ministry and I was hoping that it would be captured. I have since engaged with the Finance Minister and he has assured me that funds would be available for the project to commence soon” He added.
But Mr. Asenso Baokye observed that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta did not indicate to him [Francis Asenso Boakye] why the project was not captured in the budget.