- The NLA boss has approved the awarding of 11 contracts to his sister-in-law
- The contracts amounted to over GHC500,000
- The Sister-in-law has said she went through all the proper procedures to acquire the contracts
Chief Executive Officer of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), Mr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw, has awarded his sister-in-law 11 contracts in one day, which is raising questions regarding the move's legality.
In a time where government is actively trying to fight incidents of corruption and misappropriation of state funds, the NLA CEO's approval of 11 contracts worth over GHC 500,000 in total has raised questions.
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According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, all 11 contracts were dated November 29, 2017, and were awarded to Madam Rama Hassan, who is the sole proprietor of Ram's Kitchen.
Rams Kitchen was contracted to purchase 1,000 bags of rice, canned soft drinks, corned beef, and tomato paste in order to provide end-of-year packages.
Speaking to Joy FM's Corruption Watch, Madam Rama Hassan has strongly insisted that the proper procedure was taken for her to be awarded the contracts.
"I heard about the bid process. I applied for it...I went through the process...I got the contract, free and fair," she said.
Nevertheless, according to Myjoyonline.com's report, Madam Hassan's company is no longer active a mere three months after the gargantuan contract was awarded to her.
Responding to the issue on Citi FM, the NLA CEO hinted that the law does not prohibit public officials from awarding contracts to their relatives.
Mr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw related that he does not preside over the procurement process, and said people ought to stop going around and making outrageous allegations.
"It is about time Ghanaians stop all this hullabaloo about who is a relative and who is not a relative... If a company ...bids for a project competitively....and somebody wins, I don't think it is conflict of interest. People don't even understand what conflict of interest means," he stressed.
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