The Executive Director of Africa EduWatch, Kofi Asare, has called on the Ministry of Education to desist from handing out contracts based on single-source procurement processes.
Describing the use of single-source procurement at the Ministry as a norm, he noted that such a procurement process is at variance with President Akufo-Addo’s Ghana Beyond Aid policy as well as the President’s vision for procurement when he was in opposition.
He argued that the single-source procurement system has been costly and inefficient for the Ministry and thus must be shunned for competitive sourcing.
“So single source procurement hasn’t helped the Ministry. You remember we had this issue with the Tanit group, the Tanit contract and all the controversial contracts in the Ministry of Education arose or were borne out of single source procurement.
“If the Ministry had adapted competitive procurement to procure Tanit, we wouldn’t have been going through the mess that we find ourselves in. So there’s too much history. Remember the contract with Blue Crest Limited to procure about ¢63 million worth of calculators. It was single-sourced.
“The company did not have any track record, at the end of the day they couldn’t deliver more than 50% and the Ministry had to truncate the contract somewhere along the line after they supplied only half,” he said.
“We have so much history of how single source procurement hasn’t provided spending efficiency and value for money for us that we want to advise the Ministry that it should begin making [competitive source procurement] a norm if it wants to be high on spending efficiency,” he added.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, Kofi Asare further called for sanctions against boards of agencies that have superintended over financial irregularities that have plagued the Education Ministry and its agencies.
According to him, “If you read the Auditor General’s report every year, in the past three years about 80million cedis have become a subject of financial irregularities at the Ministry of Education and agencies alone.
“All these agencies have boards appointed by His Excellency to ensure that the management is actually respecting the public financial management regulations and laws and other regulations.
So when you find such infractions happening under the watch of board members it means that this vertical accountability system is not working and so the Ministry needs to strengthen the oversight of boards, hold them accountable for the delivery of their agencies so that we can punish board members, sanction them or not appoint them further to other boards when they supervise such administrative and financial irregularities,” he said.
The earlier version of this story mentioned Tanink Group instead of Tanit Limited. The error is regretted.
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