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Adhere to all Procurement Procedures-Committees told

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Aug. 21, GNA – Mr Dominic Nitiwul,
Defence Minister, has called on the entity tender committees of the Ghana Armed
Forces (GAF) and the Ministry of Defence to adhere to all procurement
procedures to ensure the delivery of value for money services.

He urged the committees to discharge their
duties in a professional manner and conduct their activities in a fair and
transparent manner, oversee the tendering process with equity and fairness.

Mr Nitiwul made the call during the joint
inauguration of entity tender committees for the GAF and the Ministry of
Defence and an audit committee in Accra.

He said the committees should follow the
procurement process as prescribed in the Public Procurement Amended Act (Act
914) of 2016 and endeavour to be punctual at all meetings.

He said government has attached great
importance to the issues of Public Procurement in the Public and Civil services
and has created a Ministry to strengthen the processes.

He noted that government was making a firm
commitment to ensure the procedures were conducted in a fair and transparent
manner.

On the audit committee, he called on the
members to implement the recommendations contained in internal audit reports,
parliament’s decision on the Auditor-General’s Report and its Management
letter.

“From your backgrounds and enormous experience
exhibited over the years, it is expected that you will bring your professional
expertise to bear in the execution of your duties within the Committee,”   he added.

He also directed the Ministry’s Audit
Committee to retrieve some $700,000 lost through unexecuted projects.

The Ghana Armed Forces between 2006 and 2009
awarded the 700,000 Dollar contract to some 4 contractors, who failed to
execute the contracts.

But Government’s efforts to retrieve the
contract sums have, however, proved futile.

He, therefore, gave the assurance that the
monies would be retrieved.

Members of the Ministry of Defence Entity
Tender Committee included Major Derek Oduro (Rtd), Chairman, Dr Evan Dzikum, Mr
Toka Mahami, Mrs Catherine A. Appiah-Pinkrah, Mr M. W. Attipoe, Mr William
Kpobi, Mr Steven Amoaning-Yankson, Mr Benjamin Baidoo and Mr John Anthony
Ndede.

For the Ministry’s Audit Committee, members
are Dr Evan A. Dzikum-Chief Director, Mr Toka Mahami-Director (Finance and
Administration), Mrs Patience Austin- Representative Internal Audit Agency and
Mrs Agnes Otoo Yeboah-Representative-Institute of Chartered Accountants
(Ghana).

For Members of the GAF Entity Tender Committee
included Rear Admiral M. Beick-Baffour-Chief of Staff, Brigadier-General A.K
Dzisi-Defence Financial Controller, Air Commodore JSK Dzamefe- Director,
General Logistics, Lt. Col B. Kwao-Adotey-Director Army Logistics, Croup Capt.
F. Oboi Wellington-Director, Supply Armed Forces, Headquarters and Col T.K
Mensah-Defence Procurement.

GNA

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