The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has ordered an immediate investigation into the cost of a new military cemetery at Burma Camp valued at $ 6 million.
According to him, the figure is outrageous and has called for a review of the cost element so that it could be slashed down.
The cemetery is being constructed as an alternative to the Osu military cemetery which currently has a very limited graveyard space.
In an interaction with media men, after a tour of some military installations in Accra, Dominic Nitiwul stated that it’s government’s resolve to ensure value for money at all times.
“I’m also reviewing some of the PPP projects that we are undertaking by the previous government, because clearly there were problems with them. I’m not satisfied with some of them. Some of them I’ve asked them to redo it.The same thing with the cemetery. I think the cost is too much; It is $ 6 million, and it’s outrageous. I think I’ll look critically into it. I have already asked them to start an immediate investigation into it for us to see exactly why that kind of cost, so that at least we can save something to put into accommodation for our troops.”
According to the Defense Minister, some 5,000 soldiers do not have quality accommodation, which is one of the pressing needs of Ghana’s Armed Forces.
Three contracts have also been awarded for the three high-rise buildings, ahead of the broader improvement of the army barracks.