The suspended CEO of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr A.B Adjei is expected to meet the Special Prosecutor at 10 AM today, Thursday, August 29 over his alleged involvement in a contract for sale scandal.
Mr. Adjei was suspended by President Akufo-Addo following the broadcast of allegations made against him in an investigative documentary conducted by Manasseh Azure Awuni, titled “Contracts for Sale”
The President referred to the allegations involving a conflict of interest to the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and those relating to potential acts of corruption to the office of the Special Prosecutor, for their prompt action.
Mr. Adjei is expected to appear before the Special Prosecutor together with Directors and Shareholders of Talent Discovery Limited and B-Mobile Enterprise Limited to not only assist in investigation into procurement malpractice but to also produce information and documents pursuant to section 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) and regulation 10OF L.I 2374.
We have completed the initial assessment of case – CHRAJ
Commissioner for the Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Mr. Joseph Whittal says his outfit has completed an initial assessment of the case of suspended Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) Adjenim Boateng Adjei.
Mr. Whittal speaking to Joy FM said CHRAJ has completed its initial assessment to determine that the case against the suspended CEO, Adjenim Boateng Adjei falls within their mandate.
He added that CHRAJ will write to Adjei on Tuesday (August 27, 2019) and per standard procedure, the suspended PPA boss is expected to respond in 10 days.
He said if Adjei concedes the allegations of conflict of interest against him, there would be no need for investigations, “however, if he denies then we will begin a full probe into the matter.”
Whittal added that even the further probe may be of greater benefit because then, it would reveal other persons implicated in the rot.
Mr. Whittal also cleared reports that CHRAJ may find this job a tough one but he said: “The case is not a tough one at all.”
GIPS activates disciplinary procedures against suspended PPA boss
The Ghana Institute of Procurement and Supply, GIPS has activated disciplinary procedures against the suspended CEO of Public Procurement Authority Mr. A. B Adjei.
Chairperson for a Statutory Committee of GIPS, Kwame Mensah in an interview with Joy FM said, “By the constitution, we will give him 14 days and he is compelled to come and a lawyer for that matter can represent him and the meeting will be in camera so he is compelled to come if not, sanctions will follow.”
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The disciplinary procedures against him come on the back of an investigative documentary done by journalist Manasseh Azure which the PPA boss was busted for selling government contracts.
Investigations by freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, has revealed that Talent Discovery Limited (TDL), a company incorporated in June 2017, has won a number of government contracts through restrictive tendering.
Manasseh Azure Awuni has also confirmed 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 ¢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 and Housing contract to construct a concrete drain in Santa Maria in Accra as well as a contract to build a one-story dormitory block in the Asante Akim North District.
After demanding and taking a registration fee of ¢5000 and deposit from Manasseh’s undercover agent, the General Manager of the TDL, who is also the one who signs the contracts on behalf of the company handed over three contracts, when K-Drah Enterprise promised to come on a particular Thursday and pay for one of the projects.
The Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have confirmed that the contracts being sold by Talent Discovery Limited are authentic contracts that have been awarded to the company. The company has had contracts with the Ghana Water Company (GWCL), Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod), Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GHPHA).
It also has contracts with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Works and Housing, and four contracts with the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives to construct dams under the government’s One Village One Dam Project. At the time of filing this report, Talent Discovery Limited has been shortlisted for restrictive tendering by the Bank of Ghana for the supply and installation of air purifiers. The company has also been shortlisted by the Roads and Highways Ministry for three road contracts and the evaluation is currently ongoing.