The Minority in Parliament has charged the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta of breaching the procurement Act when a GHȻ10m COCOBOD contract was awarded to a private businessman without board approval.
During a press conference held on Tuesday, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MP’s) defended the charge saying that the contract was awarded without the green light of the Public Procurement Authority.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, in an address to the media said the contract given to McDan Shipping Company Limited, did not pass through the Central Tender Review committee.
The MPs say the contract was awarded on June 9, 2017, but the Review committee which is to do the approval was only constituted on August 1, 2017.
The opposition further stated that there no board for the PPA to approve the contract and so wanted to inquire "who in the PPA is approving those contracts?"
"There is a breach of the procurement process .....It is clear that this government is not respecting procurement laws" he expressed to the media.
The Minority caucus said the Finance Minister also approved a GHȻ10million loan from ADB Bank to be given to McDan Shipping without the go ahead of the board and said that the ADB Bank also did not have a board.
The NDC MPs said the approval exposes the bank to possible collapse in granting the GHȻ10 million cedis loan to one of his political cronies.
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