Adwoa Safo, MASLOC CEO facing probe over GHC28.8m sole-sourced contract

Adwoa Safo, MASLOC CEO facing probe over GHC28.8m sole-sourced contract

- Minister of State for Procurement, Adwoa Safo, and CEO of MASLOC, Stephen Amoah, are likely to appear before Parliament over a GH¢28.8 million sole-sourced contract

- According to Ashaiman MP, Ernest Norgbey, MASLOC handed a contract for the purchasing of 1,800 cars to a private company without tender

- Mr Norgbey who smells some corruption in the deal is seeking for an explanation as to the process leading to the award of the contract

The Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) has been accused of awarding a GH¢28.8 million contract without going through tender.

According to reports, MASLOC awarded a contract for the purchasing of 1,800 second-hand vehicles from Germany through a private firm, Dextro-Impex Company Limited, without competitive bidding.

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The development has led MP for Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey, to call for a parliamentary probe which will likely see the Minister of State for Procurement, Adwoa Safo and MASLOC CEO, Stephen Amoah, appear before the House to answer some questions.

Explaining his call for a probe, Mr Norgbey, who claimed Mr Amoah gave Dextro-Impex Company Limited a letter of comfort to allow them to raise funds to execute the contract, stated that there were no grounds to have sole-sourced the contract and the award is illegal.

At the time that these contracts were signed there was no board in place but the CEO took it upon himself to do all these things.

“We keep talking about sole sourcing and fighting corruption but if one CEO can take the decision to award a contract worth GH¢28.8 million, then there is every cause to worry,” he said in an interview with Joy News.

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The Ashaiman MP further argued, even the Ghana Public Procurement Authority (PPA) cannot give approval to sole source such a contract.

Under which condition or urgency are they going to authorize MASLOC to procure these cars when there are some conditions that ought to be met?” he quizzed.

Mr Norgbey is also seeking for answers from the MASLOC CEO as to why he would support a company which did not then means to execute such a contract which was worth so much money.

For him, “it is total grounds for corruption. I don’t need Martin Amidu [Special Prosecutor] to tell me this is grounds for corruption and this is what we are fighting about"

“The contract must be reversed…GH¢28.8 can do something for Ghana and we cannot allow people to engage in such improper acts," he insisted.

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