PURC Borehole Saga Borehole contract yet to be awarded - PURC

A former General Secretary of the NPP Kojo Owusu Afriyie accused the NDC of bloating the cost of construction of boreholes by Animax Drilling Company of Ghana at GH¢18,000 instead of GH¢12,000.

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The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has said that they are yet to award the borehole contracts to any contractor.

The Public Relations Officer of the PURC Nana Yaa Gyantuah said on Accra-based Starr FM that even though the Public Procurement Authority has given them permission for sole sourcing, they are yet to award the contract.

“PPA has given approval but the PURC has not awarded the contract. If anything is going to happen the project will start in 2017 January,” she said.

She also said the cost involved was because the project entailed more processes for it to be done well.

READ ALSO: PURC defends 'bloated' cost of boreholes

“You have to do geophysical studies, chemical analysis of the water, that is in the ground because it is going to a whole community,” she added.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has accused the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) of stealing from the state resources to fund its campaign.

According to a former General Secretary of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, government is financing its campaign with funds generated through several dubious contracts awarded via sole sourcing to NDC cronies.

READ ALSO: NPP accuses gov't of stealing to fund campaign

Addressing the press, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie accused the NDC of bloating the cost of construction of boreholes by Animax Drilling Company of Ghana at GH¢18,000 instead of GH¢12,000.

But Nana Yaa Gyantuah explained that the integrated water systems have more components than the mechanized boreholes thus the price.

“What they are talking about is the normal mechanized borehole without lines. If there is anyone out there who thinks that an integrated water system will cost less [GHc18,000] we don’t have a problem the people should come.”

The project when completed is expected to have electronic submersible pumps that will carry the water to some installed tanks, and pipelines connecting standing pipes in the communities as well as a pump house.

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