General News of Thursday, 29 January 2015
All school contracts awarded in the country are inflated by between 40 and 100 percent, former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Professional Administration (GIMPA), Prof Stephen Adei, has told Starr News in an interview.
“All the school contracts are about 40 percent – at least – to about 100 percent inflated,” he told Ibrahim Alhassan Wednesday night after chairing the launching of a book authored by Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana’s largest referral hospital, Korle Bu.
Prof Adei used that assertion to demonstrate how people perpetuate corruption in the public sector despite the existence of a public procurement Act.
According to him, there are instances where one person bids for the same contract three times in different forms.
He, therefore, said no amount of procurement laws will help clean the system without people of integrity.
Prof Adei also said the profligate lifestyle of politicians and public servants “in the midst of poverty,” festers and encourages corruption and wrongdoing in officialdom. In his view, leadership must take the lead role in living by example.