GIPS to probe suspended PPA boss over contracts for sale documentary

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The Ghana Institute of Procurement & Supply (GIPS) has indicated its readiness to haul the suspended CEO of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Adjenim Boateng Adjei, before its committee for further probe the allegations leveled against him in a recent Joy News documentary; contracts for sale.

The decision was contained in a release signed by Collins Agyemang Sarpong, President of the Institute, which stated: “Following a meeting of the Governing Council and the Ethics & Professional Standards Committee of the Institute, the disciplinary processes have been activated as per our constitution and code of conduct.

The member shall be afforded the opportunity to appear before the committee, to respond to the allegations leveled against him, relative to our code of conduct and if found guilty of breaching our code of conduct and constitution, be subjected to the applicable sanctions. We shall in due course update all interested parties of the findings of the process”.

The Institute in the statement expressed dismay over the video by Investigative Journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni and aired by Multimedia’s Joy News which involves Mr. Adjenim Boateng Adjei, “a senior member of our august institute which suggests acts of conflicts of interests and violations to the Public Procurement Act 2003 (ACT 663), as amended”

“We wish to register our displeasure on matters relating to procurement and the regulation of same, handled by persons versed with power to administer the function. There have been several media reports suggesting various levels of violations of Act 663 as amended. This trend has a devastating effect on the practice of the profession in accordance with global best practices and bastardizes the future development of the procurement and supply chain management function.

That aside, we have a large cadre of young professionals and the constant negative reportage of the function has a negative psychological effect on them”.

On the way forward, the Institute has requested the Auditor General, the Special Prosecutor and the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice to extend their investigation to all contracts issued by Restricted Tendering and Single-source methods, explaining that they believe that these alleged infractions could not have been perpetrated without the collaboration of other persons in the procurement entities.

As a long term measure, the Institute has also urged the President Akufo Addo to, as a matter of expediency, sponsor the passage of an ACT to grant a Charter to the Institute, the formation of a Governing Council which will regulate the conduct of professional procurement practice and the licensure of membership.

See the full statement below:

Source: thebftonline.com

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