Africa EduWatch Executive Director Kofi Asare has called on the Ministry of Education to refrain from awarding contracts based on sole source procurement processes.
Describing the use of single-source procurement in the ministry as a norm, he noted that such a procurement process is in contradiction with President Akufo-Addo’s Ghana Beyond Aid policy as well as the the president’s vision of procurement when he was in opposition.
He argued that the single-source procurement system has been costly and inefficient for the department and therefore should be avoided for competitive procurement.
“So single-source procurement hasn’t helped the ministry. You remember we had this problem with the Tanit group, the Tanit contract and all the controversial contracts in the Ministry of Education were born or were born out of sole source procurement.
“If the ministry had adapted the tenders to procure Tanit, we would not have gone through the mess we find ourselves in. So there is too much history. Recall the contract with Blue Crest Limited for the purchase of calculators worth approximately ¢63 million. It was a single source.
“The company had no track record, in the end they couldn’t deliver more than 50% and the department had to truncate the contract somewhere along the line after only delivering half,” he said. he declares.
“We have so many stories about how single-source procurement has not provided cost efficiency and value for money for us that we want to advise the ministry that they should start to TO DO [competitive source procurement] a standard if it is to be high on spending efficiency,” he added.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, Kofi Asare further called for sanctions against agency boards that oversaw the financial irregularities that plagued the Ministry of Education and its agencies.
According to him, “If you read the Auditor General’s report every year, in the last three years, about 80 million cedis have become a subject of financial irregularities in the Ministry of Education and agencies alone.
“All of these agencies have boards of directors appointed by His Excellency to ensure that management effectively complies with public financial management regulations and laws and other regulations.
So when you find that such breaches occur under the oversight of board members, that means that this vertical accountability system is not working and therefore the department needs to strengthen oversight of boards, hold them accountable for the performance of their agencies so that we can punish board members, sanction them or appoint them to other boards when they oversee such administrative and financial irregularities,” he said.
The previous version of this story mentioned Tanink Group instead of Tanit Limited. The error is regrettable.