By Gifty Arthur
The Minister for Water Resources Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has directed the management of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to set-up a committee to investigate accusation that, one of its officials stole project materials meant to give water to some guinea worm endemic communities in the Central Region.
The probe, follows revelations by The Herald that some communities in the Central Region, have been denied water, as a result of the missing pipes.
Mr. Francis Lamptey who is now the Distribution Manager of the Accra West Region, this paper reported, reportedly took away the project materials, worth over a billion old Ghana Cedis, thus denying people in the Central Region water.
The materials, including PVC pipes, valves adaptors, fire hydrants equipments were part of materials being used by a contractor, called Nkansah in the Ajumako-Enyan-Assiam district to get people in communities such as Enyan Apaa, Enyan Abaasa, Nsawadze, Budukwa, Obonser, Okkodo, Onyadzi and surrounding communities potable water.
Mr. Lamptey’s action, infuriated the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Central Regional Chairman, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, who threatened to launch a complaint, against Mr. Lamptey with the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and the Central Regional Police command.
Alhaji Collins Dauda , who is said to have met the management with one of his deputies, Sampson Ahi, gave Ghana Water management, led by the Acting Managing Director (MD), Fred Lokko, two weeks to complete investigation and submit report to the ministry.
Following the instruction, management has set-up a four-member committee, chaired by one Daniel Muamala, who is the Western Regional Chief Manager, Abu Gyansah (member), Deputy General Secretary of the Public Utility Workers Union (PUWU), Lawyer Nyantakyi of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), and Eric Twumasi, member and secretary to the committee. Mr Twumasi works at the Human Resource (HR) department of the company at the head office in Accra.
Also present at the meeting, on Tuesday was Francis Lamptey, who doubles as the Distribution Manager of Accra West Region, the contractor for the now controversial Enyan Apaa project, Nkansah and Alhaji Jibril.
The committee is expected to speak to all those mentioned in the theft case, especially Mr. Lamptey’s then boss and Central Regional Chief Manager at the time he was transferred to Cape Coast, Mr. Emmanuel Ashia.
Though the directive by Alhaji Collins Dauda, has been lauded, Mr. Lamptey’s colleagues in the Central Region, are asking that very core people in the scandal, should be invited to say what they know so that they can get balance report.
They have called on the committee members to make the effort to visit the town, Enyan Apaa near Mankessim, and enquire about how the materials managed to vanish into thin air.
They want them to continue their investigation to the Cape Coast stores, where Mr. Lamptey, is alleged to have first sent the materials, before transporting them to an unknown location.
Names like the Senior Union Chairman of GWCL in the region, Junior Store Assistant, Seth Appiah, and many others in the region, whose names have come up confirming the report must be spoken to.
Insiders who spoke to The Herald are saying that Chief Manager (PR), Michael Agyeman, who issued a rejoinder to The Herald’s story, refuting the allegation, should be invited to answer, where he had his information from to rubbish the report.
They wished that Mr. Agyeman, is punished if he is found to have abused his authority to serve as a deterrent to others like him in the company.
Meanwhile, there are other reports that Mr. Lamptey, has been involved in another project to lay pipes to Kasoa-Nyanyanor, which has come to a standstill.
He is said to have collected the pipes yet again to a place called “I See” near SCC. The incident which is said to have happened last year, has denied parts of Kasoa clean water.
More to come!