General News of Mon, 22 Aug 201633
I’ll not entertain contract inflation - Nana Addo
The practice of overpricing contracts that results in public funds ending up in private pockets will be clamped down under a future New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, the party’s flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated.
The NPP flag bearer, who was the Special Guest at the 16th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Abetifi-Kwahu in the Eastern Region, indicated in his speech on Monday August 16 that: “Inflated contracts, which are currently the bane of our public finances, will be things of the past.”
For him, competitive bidding was the best protection of value for money in public transactions and will be the consistent mechanism for undertaking transactions under his government, emphasising that “the era of sole sourcing will come to an end”.
The NPP flag bearer further added that an efficient and honest reordering and prioritisation of the country’s public expenditure “will enable us to devote more resources to enhance the capacity of our anti-corruption agencies. It is essential that they have the means to lead the fight against corruption”.
He continued: “We will support all moves to give parliament greater oversight capability over the activities of the Executive. This will give true meaning to the principles of separation of powers and accountable government.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, therefore, appealed to the Presbyterian Church to give critical support to the next NPP government, as it takes those “crucial” steps. He added: “Our very future depends on their success.”
With about three months to the December 7 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo requested prayers for the peace of the nation so that the country emerges from the elections more united than before.