We Back Akufo-Addo To Probe PPA Boss

SUSPENDED! AB Adjei

THE BOARD of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has welcomed the
directives of President Akufo-Addo for the office of the Special Prosecutor to
investigate alleged procurement misconduct against the suspended CEO of the
Authority, Adjenim Boateng Adjei.

In a statement issued yesterday, the PPA board declared its
preparedness to cooperate with the investigations.

It said upon conclusion of the investigations instituted by the
President, “the role of the board of the PPA in granting of approvals for
restricted tendering and single source procurement in accordance with Sections
38, 40 and 41 respectively of the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663) as
amended will be understood.”

The statement indicated that the conclusion of the investigation would
further show that the PPA board does not influence tender processes conducted
in accordance with Act 663 as amended.

“In addition, we are optimistic that it becomes clearer to the
public that the board does not have any control over the selection of
suppliers, contractors and consultants for goods, works and services presented
by procurement entities in their applications for approval for restricted and
single source procurement processes,” it indicated.

It added that the investigations would not disrupt the operations of
the PPA.

The beleaguered PPA CEO was suspended on Thursday by the President
over alleged procurement misconduct which has generated a lot of national
discussions.

A letter signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency,
last Thursday said the suspension “follows the broadcast of allegations
made against him in an investigative documentary conducted by Manasseh Azuri
Awuni titled ‘Contracts For Sale’.

It said President Akufo-Addo has “subsequently referred the
allegations involving conflict of interest to the Commission on Human Rights
and Administrative Justice and those relating to potential acts of corruption
to the Office of Special Prosecutor for their prompt action.”

Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni, in an exposé titled
‘Contracts For Sale’, was able to reveal that Talent Discovery Limited (TDL), a
company incorporated in June 2017 and has links with the PPA boss, won a number
of government contracts through restrictive tendering.

The journalist also reported that the company was engaged in selling
contracts. Undercover encounters with the General Manager of the Company,
Thomas Amoah, revealed that the company was selling a GH¢22.3 million road
contract to K-Drah Enterprise, a fake company Manasseh used for the
investigation.

This contract was awarded to B-Molie Limited, a company Mr. Amoah
said was a sister company of TDL.

The company also had for sale a Ministries of Works & Housing
contract to construct a concrete drain in Santa Maria in Accra, as well as a
contract to build a one-storey dormitory block in the Asante Akim North
District.

The revelation has rekindled heated political debate as far as the
fight against corruption in the country is concerned.

Emile Short

A former head of the Commission on Human Rights & Administrative
Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Francis Emile Short, waded into the debate on what
constitutes conflict of interest.

According to him, the 1992 Constitution of Ghana has neither defined
the meaning nor scope of conflict of interest.

Justice Short said on Adom FM in Accra yesterday that “the Conduct
of Public Officers Bill 2013”, which explains what constitutes conflict of
interest is yet to be passed by Parliament into law.

He said the time has come for Ghana to define what constitutes a
conflict of interest situation and related offences such as gift taking and
assets declaration.

Justice Short mentioned that this has been a battle the Ghana
Anti-corruption Coalition has been involved in since 2013, it was yet to make
progress. 

“The Ghana Anti-corruption campaign has been calling on Parliament
to pass this Bill as quickly as possible because it is a very critical and an important
piece of legislation in the fight against corruption,” Mr. Short said.

He explained that that CHRAJ has, over the years, been relying on a draft guideline the organisation did to determine complaints of conflict of interest.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak



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