PRESIDENT DIRECTS A B ADJEI TO FACE CHRAJ AND AMIDU Featured

By NANA YAW DWAMENA August 23, 2019 3720 1499 comments

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to take action on allegations of conflict of interest and corruption against the suspended chief executive officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), A B Adjei.

 

Suspension

In the latest piece by the investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni, the documentary Contracts for Sale, the PPA boss is reported to have established a company of his own, under the name Talent Discovery Ltd (TDL), in June 2017. It is alleged that he has used TDL to win government contracts through restrictive tendering.

The 46-minute documentary, first aired on JoyNews on Wednesday, also shows that the company engaged in selling, to third parties, contracts it had already secured for execution.

The film shows that an official of the company was ready to sell one such contract, worth GHC22.3 million, to a non-existent entity “formed” by Manasseh for his undercover investigations.

The President’s directives to CHRAJ and the OSP follow yesterday’s suspension of Mr Adjei, which was announced in a statement signed by director of communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin.

Petitions

Both letters petitioning CHRAJ and the OSP were signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante.

The letter to CHRAJ said, “I am directed by the President of the Republic to refer to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) allegations of conflict of interest made against Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority, in a documentary titled, Contracts for sale, a Manasseh Azure Awuni Investigation, aired on JoyNews TV on 21st August 2019. The President would be grateful for expeditious action on this matter.”

OSP invitation

Meanwhile, the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has invited the PPA boss to appear before his office on Thursday August 29.

In a letter issued yesterday and signed by himself, Mr Amidu directed Mr Adjei to come with the relevant documents to assist in investigations into the alleged procurement malpractice, pursuant to Sections 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2017 and Regulation 10 of LI 2374.

According to the letter from Mr Amidu, the OSP “has been conducting preliminary investigations into suspected commission of corruption and corruption-related offences by Talent Discovery Limited and B-Molie Enterprises and their directors and shareholders”.

Possible procurement malpractices in the nature of corruption have been uncovered through the preliminary investigations, hence the need for a full investigation of the matter, the letter further says.

“You are accordingly being invited both as the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority and a Director and Shareholder of the said companies to assist in the investigations in pursuance of Sections 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act 2017 (Act 959) and Regulation 10 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations 2018 (LI 2474),” the letter says.

Shameful sabotage

In a related development, the North-East regional secretary of the NPP, Sulley Sambian, says the PPA boss “has shamefully and cruelly sabotaged” President Akufo-Addo.

Commenting on the furore on his Facebook page, the private legal practitioner wrote: “Frankly, I barely slept last night after watching ‘CONTRACTS FOR SALE’, an investigative piece from Manasseh Azure, which was aired on the JoyNews channel and [is] currently trending on YouTube.

“It’s sad how the PPA boss would sabotage the government of Nana Addo in this shamelessly cruel manner. I don’t need any investigation to come to the conclusion that Mr A B Adjei conflicted himself in the most disturbing manner.”

He continued, “Why accept a sensitive appointment like this when you have appetite for contracts? If I were you, I would simply drop a letter of resignation by 12am this morning. That will be a virtuous act. You may ignore the advice but I can sense something coming …”

Traumatic

In 2017 President Akufo-Addo named the Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Dome-Kwabenya, Sara Adwoa Safo, as the Minister of State at the Presidency in charge of public procurement.

He explained that the creation of this ministerial portfolio was necessary because of the country’s “traumatic experience” with public procurement over the past few years.

“For the purpose of where we are now in Ghana, where we’ve gone through a traumatic experience with public procurement, it is necessary for us to focus on it as an area of special concern,” the President said.

“The Minister is not coming to take over the job of the Public Procurement Authority.”

He explained that Ms Safo would help him understand and take decisions on public procurement contracts.


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