Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, has justified the GH¢100 million contract awarded to Imperial World Ventures for the supply of streetlights.
According to him, no law has been breached in awarding the contract on the basis of restricted tendering.
Asked about the method of procurement for the said contract, Mr. Amewu said the contract was selected with approval from the Public Procurement Authority.
Allegations have been raised that the government did not follow due processes in awarding the contract.
This stems from the fact that Imperial World Ventures is reportedly owned by the wife of MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong.
Accra-based Citi FM reports that the company was allegedly formed months before the contract was approved, supporting allegations that the ministry did not fairly select a contractor.
The Energy Minister, however, says there was no breach in awarding the contract.
“The procurement method used in award of the contract was the restricted tendering process which is in accordance with section 38b of Act 663 of the Public Procurement Act.
“It is to be noted that the Ministry [of Energy] obtained approval from the Public Procurement Authority and the Central Tender Review Committee prior to the award of the contract,” Mr. Amewu said on the floor of Parliament.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Agyapong, who is a known financier of the ruling NPP, maintains that his wife won the contract on merit.
According to him, people kicking against the contract only want to tarnish the image of his wife.
“My wife’s contract was not sole-sourced. It was a restricted [limited] tender. She qualified for it, that was the reason she was awarded. Those accusing her should desist from that because that won’t stop her from doing the right thing. That publication from that newspaper is a diabolical plan by the NDC to tarnish my image and that of my wife's,” he said on Adom FM back in April.
Imperial World Ventures is expected to supply a number 150W LED streetlights as part of the contract.
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