Former Minister of Sports Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has denied allegations that he doled out close to GHS1.7 million in cash to Shakdeen Limited, which was contracted in 2016 to construct the New Edubiase Sports Stadium.
Although the Nana Akufo-Addo government promised to complete the 10,000-seater capacity stadium, which was started by his predecessor John Mahama in 2016, the project has been abandoned.
Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah explained to parliament that funding for the project was not captured in the budget for 2015 and 2016 and that there is no evidence of sponsorship for the project.
He further revealed to the legislature that Mr Vanderpuye made the cash payment to the construction company to undertake the project.
In a response, Mr Vanderpuye said the claim by the minister lacks evidence.
“What is making me so sad is that you could come and stand in front of parliament and tell them money was offered in cash. Parliament is a house of records, if you are saying that money was offered in cash, you must have documentary evidence to back it – video, picture, paper to show that money was offered to me in cash.
“I’ve been called several times by the BNI and I’ve given my response, I’m not the only person who has been questioned on this. I’m aware that a lot of people have been questioned on this. The project was promised the people of the New Edubiase area upon pleas by the chiefs and people to then-president Mahama to consider building for them a stadium…”