Auditor-General slams auctioneer for selling a Mitsubishi Pickup for GH₵700

Auditor-General slams auctioneer for selling a Mitsubishi Pickup for GH₵700

- Two men, Robert Quarcoo and Patrick Agbovi allegedly purchased two government vehicles for GHC1,800, according to the 2017 Auditor-General’s Report

- Robert Quarcoo bought a Mitsubishi pickup for GHC700 whiles Patrick Agbovi bought his for GH₵1000

- According to the auctioneer, Jacob Kumah Agboyibor, the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, approved the prices, so he cannot be held liable

The 2017 Auditor-General’s Report, has revealed that an auctioneer, Jacob Kumah Agboyibor, sold a Mitsubishi pickup for GH₵700.

Agboyibor, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Love Is Key Mart, is reported to have auctioned the vehicle with the registration number, GV 1337-Q with new engine belonging to the Central Tongu District Education Office.

The vehicle was sold to one Robert Quarcoo at the sum of GHC700, whiles another one with registration number GV 1336Q, was sold to one Patrick Agbovi at GH₵1000.

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Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo Source: Supplied

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The Auditor General, among other things, noted that the auction was not advertised as required by section 83 of Public Procurement Act (PPA), making the auction unknown to interested persons.

The report therefore concluded that the basis of the sale, given the circumstances, is doubtful, and needs to be carefully examined.

Reacting to the allegations, Agboyibor, speaking on Adom FM’s show, Fabewoso, denied any wrongdoing.

He claimed the auction prices were approved by Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, thus he cannot be held liable.

Agboyibor further noted that there are a lot of inaccuracies in the Auditor General’s Report, because he advertised the auction in many newspapers including the Ghanaian Times.

The Director of Political Affairs at the Office of the Chief of Staff, Frank Asiedu Bekoe, however said the office does not determine auction prices.

He explained that the administrative wing of the presidency handles such transactions to ensure due diligence is done.

Bekoe stressed that Chief of Staff; Madam Frema Osei Opare has nothing to do with the auctioning of the Mitsubishi pick-ups.

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