President Nana Akufo-Addo has suspended the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), AB Adjei, over alleged procurement misconduct.
A letter from the Presidency signed by the Director of Communication, Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin, on Thursday, August 22, 2019, said the suspension “follows the broadcast of allegations made against him in an investigative documentary conducted by Manasseh Azuri Awuni, titled ” Contracts For Sale.”
It said President Akufo-Addo has “subsequently referred the allegations involving conflict of interest to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and those relating to potential acts of corruption to the Office of Special Prosecutor, for their prompt action.”
It said the “President has notified the Chairperson of the Board of the PPA to ensure that Mr. AB Adjei hands over his office expeditiously to Mr. Frank Mante, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the PPA.”
Some investigations by freelance journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, revealed that Talent Discovery Limited (TDL), a company incorporated in June 2017, won a number of government contracts through restrictive tendering.
Mr. Azure Awuni reported that the company was engaged in selling contracts. Undercover encounters with the General Manager of the Company, Thomas Amoah, revealed that the company was selling a GH¢ 22.3 million road contract to K-Drah Enterprise, a fake company Manasseh used for the investigation.
This contract was awarded to B-Molie Limited, a company Mr Amoah said was a sister company of TDL.
BY Melvin Tarlue