Minority threatens Presidency with court over West Blue contract

The Minority in Parliament is threatening court action against government accusing it of sidestepping the procurement law after awarding a single window contract to West Blue Consulting.

Effutu MP Alexander Afenyo Markins says it is giving government some time to rescind its ‘illegal’ decision before heading to court.

Afenyo Markins who has developed a reputation for dragging state institutions to court told Joy News that government disregarded the legal requirement and chose one company,West Blue Consulting, over several others with the same expertise.

“Act 663 of 2003 Procurement law, states in part that an entity may engage in single source procurement with the approval of the board:

(a) where goods, works or services are only available from a particular supplier.

(b) where there is an urgent need for the goods , works or service.

(c) where owing to a catastrophic event it is impractical to use other methods in procurement because of the time involved,” he quoted the law as saying.

But the Effutu MP says none of this applied to the decision to choose West Blue Consulting.

All the existing five Destination Inspection Companies at the ports are being cleared out after August with no contract extension in sight.

The five DICs make about 100million a year which is 1% of total revenue accrued from the ports.

With the DICs out of the way, one company, West Blue Consulting, is to be offered the contract to inspect goods at the ports before clearance.

Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline|Edwin Appiah|[email protected]

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