STX Loan Is From A Bank Not An Hairdresser’s Salon Like The CNCTI - Baba Jamal

In what can perhaps be described as a direct jab at members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who have questioned the delay in the take-off of the STX Housing Project and have even raised red flags over deal, Deputy Minister of Information, Hon. Baba Jamal, has goaded the NPP that loans for the intended project is safe in the vault of a bank unlike the infamous CNCTI loan which ended up in a certain UK salon. To him, the opposition can best be described as notable alarmists who are simply overly critical of every noble intention by the government. The Kufuor-led NPP administration’s decision to secure a $300-million loan it intended contracting from the CNT Construction Investment Limited (CNCTI) turned out to be a fiasco when it became evident the loan was a scam as speculated by the then opposition NDC. It turned out later that the address of CNCTI in London was a salon. Speaking in an interview on AsempaFM, he accused the NPP of publishing lies in their first manifesto and warned them to stop propagating deceptions like making “Senior High School education free”. The Deputy Information Minister said he was shocked at the posture of NPP members who claim they had not seen any advert or heard any commercial regarding the take-off of the project, and asked them to stopping making a meal out of the “July” deadline announcement made by the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Hon. Alban Bagbin. “This isn’t the first time a government in power has failed to deliver a promise and so people should stop basing their arguments on the failed July predictions which were made by Hon. Alban Bagbin…All I want to tell the NPP is that no matter the dancing skills a hen comes up with, the hawk would never appreciate it,” he said. The Deputy Minister gave the assurance that before the first term of Mills’ administration elapses, the country will witness “physical building structures on the ground as promised by the NDC” regarding the STX Housing project. He, however, quickly added he (Jamal) should not be held accountable for any of his assertions if things do not pan out as stated above, pointing out that as a minister of state, he was “only relaying information passed on to him from above”. “If I happen to tell you a lie, don’t put the blame on me, put it on the one who provided me with the information,” he said. He posited that should government even clear the weeds on the site for preparatory works to begin or the foundation to be laid, the general public should see it as commencement of the STX Housing project.