I will ensure transparency in Ghana’s procurement system-PPA CEO

    /    Aug 3, 2017   /     Ashanti, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    287 Views
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The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has announced it will soon pilot an electronic government procurement system to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness in the procurement process.

The Authority said it has identified six entities namely; the COCOBOD, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) to undergo the pilot.

Other entities are the Volta River Authority (VRA), the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and the Department of Feeder Roads.

Chief Executive officer of the Public Procurement Authority, A.B Adjei disclosed this at a special training session on public procurement act, 2003 (Act 663) for newly appointed regional ministers and Chief Executives of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies(MMDAs) in Kumasi.

According to him, recent studies have shown that Ghana’s procurement system was still vulnerable due to its complexities, the size of financial flow it generates and the close human interface that exist between the public and private sector.

He said the quest to achieve a more transparent, corruption free procurement procedure had seen very little improvement in recent times as the country has witnessed unjustifiable abuse of sole sourcing to loot state resource.

Mr Adjei assured that “under my tenure, appropriate steps have been taken to forestall the wanton abuse of Sole Sourcing and Restricted Tendering methods to award Government contracts”.

He indicated that the authority’s zonal offices in Kumasi and Takoradi will be strengthened to carry out audits within their jurisdictions with the view of detecting fraud and other corrupt practices as well as other cases of infractions to the provision of law for appropriate sanctions to be proffered.

The PPA has established two operational units (Due Diligence/Value for Money and the Procurement Audit Units) to enhance the credibility of its operations and processes.

The Due Diligence/Value for Money unit which has been created with clear terms is required to determine price reasonableness provided by entities for sole source and Restricted Tendering applications for possible savings.

The Procurement Audit Unit will also be responsible for the conduct of periodic procurement audits, investigations and procurement performance assessment exercises to assess the level of compliance of the procurement law.

The initiatives according to the PPA were geared towards restoring public confidence and credibility in the sole source and restricted tender approval processes as well as providing technical advice on Government contracts to obtain value for money.

The promulgation of the Public Procurement Act, 2003(Act 663) was to sanitise Government’s procurement procedures, make it more transparent and less prone to corruption which previously had bedeviled government procurements.

Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah stated that sole sourcing has done serious harm to the country and Government was determined to reduce the practice if not stop it altogether.

He urged the newly appointed MMDCEs to exhibit integrity and accountability, work with the law in their district and monitor with an eagle eye, the procurement processes effectively.

Source: Hafiz Tijani/Kapital971.com

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