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PURC Borehole Saga PURC defends 'bloated' cost of boreholes

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 justified its decision to construct 500 boreholes at a cost of about GHc30 million in selected areas in the country.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PURC Nana Yaa Gyantuah said in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM that they had the permission of of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to sole source the projects.

“I am saying that the PPA has approved it,” she added.

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

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“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.

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.

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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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