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SEE ME NEXT WEEK: SPECIAL PROSECUTOR INVITES PPA BOSS

The Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei, who is currently suspended, has been invited by the special prosecutor Mr Martin Amidu on August 29, 2019, for questioning.

The invitation came after the President has suspended Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei over alleged involvement in financial embezzlement conducted by a freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

Alongside him, the president has also referred his appointee to the commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHIRAJ) for probe investigation.

The president, however, wants both Statutory bodies investigated over conflict of interest claims.

The meeting between him, Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei and the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu has been set at 10 am Thursday.

The PPA boss made headlines in an investigative report conducted by a freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.

The ‘Contract for Sale’ report, which was aired on social media, revealed that Talent Discovery Limited (TDL), a company incorporated in June 2017, won a number of government contracts with the PPA company through restrictive tendering.

 According to the report, Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei was engaged in selling a ¢22.3 million road contract to K-Drah Enterprise, a fake company Manasseh used for the investigation.

Below are key points of PPA boss corruption Saga:

  1. Failure to properly balance the various aspects of the public procurement system can lead to wasted efforts and poor development outcomes.”
  • “Under my leadership, the PPA has undertaken a number of initiatives to both improve public procurement processes and minimise corrupt practices.”
  • “Another significant initiative that I have overseen has been the recent launch of a procurement practitioners’ code of ethics, which will guide the activities of procurement practitioners. This new set of rules will help maintain integrity, prevent actions that can lead to the state’s financial losses and safeguard the public purse. 
  • “Procurement practitioners that are found to have flaunted the code of ethics will be met with serious penalties. They could even face arrest and imprisonment.”
  • “Shortly after my reappointment as CEO, I embarked on a rigorous rebranding of the PPA, targeted at changing negative perceptions that the public once had about government spending.”
  • “With less space for corruption, trust in the system can be rebuilt and will be stronger than ever before.”
  • “Public procurement has become an essential part of governance and something political leaders must deploy with tact and skill to execute their promises and accomplish the desired benefits for their citizens.”
  • “I left the position in July 2010 and went back to private consultancy, but I was worried that things had begun to take a downward turn. The authority began to experience its lowest point in terms of reputation and public confidence: all the gains that we had made were being eroded.”
  • “I want the national purse to be highly protected. Doing so will free up resources for other projects, which will benefit the citizens of Ghana. The ultimate goal of everything that the authority and I are doing is to ensure that we protect the public purse.”

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