- EOCO begins probe into IT related contracts award between 2014 and early 2017 by GPHA
- This comes after GPHA IT manager over unethical price negotiation charges
The Economic and Organized Crime Office has commenced a probe into the award of procurement and use of IT related projects for the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority (GPHA) from the year 2014.
According to a report by Graphic Online, this development follows the interdiction of Mr. David Boison, the GPHA's IT Manager, who was reportedly implicated following the publication of an investigative report conducted from April this year.
A letter signed by the GPHA Director General, Mr. Paul Asare Ansah, states that Mr. Boison's infraction was that he had behaved unethically by negotiating project costs upwards.
He was also accused of certifying the completion of projects while some where still in their initial stages, and others were yet to be executed.
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“We refer to the committee that investigated the procurement and the usage of IT-related projects and programmes report and wish to inform you that prima facie evidence has been established against you. You are, therefore, interdicted, effective August 14, 2017, for further investigations into the various allegations that have come up.” Read a part of the letter.
Mr. David Boison has been accused of supervising the procurement of up to $736,666,26 IT related equipment for an IT project for the GHPA. While 80 percent of the amount was paid, suppliers provided receipts to claim the outstanding 20 percent event though the items in question were never supplied.
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Among other allegation, Mr. Boison is alleged t have been involved in the over pricing of hand held devices that were supposed to be used for the paperless port project in accordance with the authority's port automation project under the authority's past Director General.
The procurement of the devices was already approved by the Public Procurement Authority at a cost of $622,094 from a South African firm, while investigations revealed that the devices were actually procured at around $201,720, indicating that the contract was overpriced at over $420,374.
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