[ 2012-08-07 ]
Lizards invade Flag Staff House
The negative politics of abandoning projects for
political reasons leaves many Ghanaians puzzled.
Some ordinary Ghanaians Economy Times spoke to
wondered: If the government that initiates the
projects doesn’t complete them before leaving
office, why should its successor abandon them?
One of such projects has been the Flagstaff House.
Currently, sections of the Flagstaff House which
is supposed to be the seat of government have been
taken over by weeds in spite of the millions of
dollars expended by the Kufuor’s administration on
its renovation and fumigation. A preliminary
report from the technical team working at the
Jubilee House has indicated that $82 million has
so far been spent on the facility.
Some Ghanaians Economy Times spoke to were not the
least impressed with the state of the edifice.
They stated that even if the sitting president and
his vice are not ready to move into the edifice,
it should at least be maintained.
Many countries in the world have such edifices for
their Presidents, examples of which are the White
House in the USA, the Buckingham Palace of Great
Britain, the Elysee Palace of France, the Kremlin
of Russia, the Aso Rock of Nigeria, and the
Executive Mansion of Liberia.
Back home in Ghana, the Flag Staff House meant to
house the president has been left unattended to.
The weeds have grown wild at the Vice presidential
wing of the proposed seat of government.
“It is now a breeding place for lizards and
rodents,” a security personnel at the project site
who pleaded anonymity stated.
The project was constructed through a joint
India/Ghana collaboration with the former
providing about 70 percent funding. The
architecturally unique edifice comprises an office
complex to accommodate the President, Vice
President, civil and public servants as well as a
residence for the President which can accommodate
a visiting head of state or government.
The complex houses the official residence of
Ghana's first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame
Nkrumah which has been dubbed “Nkrumah's Heritage
House” in addition to a services building that
will house a clinic, restaurant, bank, post
office, fire service post as well as a large
parking area for vehicles.
Source - Economy Times
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