The Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has engaged a private company, Bridgewave, to fumigate and disinfect areas affected by the spillage in his constituency.
This exercise is the MP’s initiative, embarking on comprehensive fumigation and disinfection of all 21 Displaced Camps and their immediate environs.
The initiative is aimed at improving the sanitary and health conditions of his beloved constituents.
The MP disclosed that the exercise will be carried out at no cost to the people affected by the VRA-induced flood, which has caused much harm to lives and businesses.
The water spilled by VRA has left thousands of people without basic amenities such as blankets, mattresses, and even food.
Taking a step forward to secure a better living for his constituents, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa has called on a private firm to fumigate and disinfect the areas affected by the spillage in his jurisdiction.
However, concerns have arisen because the VRA has also awarded a contract to Zoomlion to fumigate the same North Tongu District.
For years now, the North Tongu district has had an existing fumigation contract with Zoomlion.
This contract, like those that cover every assembly in Ghana, was signed in 2009. Payment for the assembly’s fumigation contracts is deducted from the Common Fund Secretariat and given to Zoomlion, even if the work is not done or not done satisfactorily.
Concerned citizens have raised critical and intriguing questions:
1. Why did the VRA award a contract to Zoomlion to undertake fumigation in the same district where Zoomlion already has a contract to do fumigation?
2. And where is Zoomlion fumigating when the MP has said his initiative is fumigating ALL the affected areas in the district?
Responses to these questions are needed to address concerns about the VRA-awarded Zoomlion contract for areas affected by the spillage and to ensure that the appropriated funds are used to help the victims of the spillage and not channeled into another potentially fraudulent activity.