General News of Saturday, 17 March 2018
Efutu MP Afenyo Markins has described as mischievous, claims that 11 contracts awarded to the sister-in-law of embattled CEO of National Lotteries Authority amount to conflict of interest and cronyism.
Afenyo Markins, whose New Patriotic Party is in government, said he has done checks showing that the process to award Rams Kitchen owned by Rama Hassan, the CEO’s relative was competitive and the award given to her on merit.
Among the three companies, Rams Kitchen quoted GH¢583,000 against GH¢613,000 by GNL Ventures and GH¢619,000 by Target Enterprise.
He said he has checked with the Registrar General’s Department about the identities of these companies and can conclude that “as far as the facts bear out that there is no such thing as a conflict of interest.”
“Obviously if you are doing an evaluation and you want to look for value for money and the least price, Rams Kitchen got this on merit and that is not any financial loss to the state it rather saved NLA,” Mr Markin said.
But the contract sum quoted by Rama Hassan was broken down into 11 different contracts. It appears this was done because a CEO is not permitted by law to grant approval for contracts beyond 100,000 cedis.
The highest of the 11 contracts cost GH¢99,470.
An opposition NDC MP for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, notes that the deal was “cleverly” done to outsmart the system.
“The issue is not about who eventually got it but the flawed process and the intent [but] it is more rotten when it turns out to be your sister-in-law,” he told Samson Lardy Anyenini on Joy FM/MultiTV’s Newsfile Saturday.
Veteran journalist Kweku Baako has called for a full-scale probe into the matter in order to cure any mischief.
“It is seemingly untidy [and] I don’t like what I see,” he said, charging the NLA boss to make public the necessary documentation regarding the contracts.