Mr Speaker, the Hon Member says the loan has been approved, but what are we approving now?
Mr Speaker, on page 7, under subheading, “Advance Payment Bond and Guarantee”, it reads, and with your permission I quote:
“The Committee noted that though, 28.75 per cent of the contract sum in the amount of €8,625,000 has been ear- marked for advance payment, there is no insurance cover for this payment. Neither is there any provision in respect of advance payment bond to secure the interest of the Employer against non-perfor- mance by the Contractor.)
Mr Speaker, I commend the Committee. In our exercise of oversight, this is our critical obligation. Why should we give €8.625 million to a contractor without any guarantees for the State?
Mr Speaker, as the Question is put on this matter, it is my request and application to you that you insist that
this House demands that the guarantee and insurance is provided for the amount of €8,625,000. That is how we could secure this advance payment. We cannot just take it away. I linked it to article 181 because in this heading, there is some role to play.
Mr Speaker, under paragraph 5, which is on the objectives, it reads, and with your permission I quote:
“ .... the project is ultimately intended to improve the health status of Ghanaians, particularly those in the beneficiary communities.”
Is that what the Project is intended to do? The Committee does not talk about improving the access to water, which would improve the health of the people; but they are definite in the Report when they say that the Project would ultimately improve the health status of Ghanaians, particularly those in the beneficiary communities.
Mr Speaker, this is not good enough. The Report must marry the relationship between access to water and improvement in healthcare. That is how one would have preferred that it be read.
Mr Speaker, on page 4, under beneficiary regions, it reads, and with your permission I quote: