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PPA scandal: NDC demands for PPA Boss' 'head' following Manasseh's exposé

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

The National Democratic Party is calling for the outright dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority over his alleged involvement in abuse of office as captured in Investigative Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni’s latest investigative piece; “Contract for sale’.

According to them, the suspension is yet another ploy targeted at deceiving Ghanaians and luring them into believing that the sitting government is committed to fighting corruption.

Speaking at the 5th edition of the moment of truth series, the communication officer of the NDC Sammy Gyamfi said the action of the President following the revelations is insufficient punishment. An act of the sort they believe, deserves immediate dismissal.

“The NDC holds the view that the suspension of A.B Adjei to all intents and purposes is not deterrent enough. We think that the damning acts of corruption which A.B Adjei is captured in the ‘Donkomi” documentary as engaging in including his own confessions should have at worst, been met with an outright dismissal for other actions to follow.”

“We believe that this suspension of A.B Adjei is yet another ruse which is only meant to deceive Ghanaians into seeing his government as one that is committed to the fight against corruption. But, the good people of Ghana are discerning and will not be hoodwinked by this face-saving gimmick. They know too well how similar cases of suspension under president Akufo-Add ended with a recall and sometimes promotion of such errant appointees.”

The NDC all urged government to take action against officers and ministers in charge of procurement in some ministries including the ministry of works and housing, Roads and Highways, Education, GWCL and others.

“The NDC holds the view that all Ministers and state actors who in one way or the other initiated, facilitated or participated in the award of contracts to TDL and the subsequent sale of those contracts to other companies must be suspended forthwith. The scope of investigations into this scandal must be expanded to include all these complicit MDAs and State agencies. Only then can we stand a chance of unravelling the full extent of this stinky corruption scandal.”

The party is, therefore, calling for the head of the PPA Boss, for them, it is the only measure that to some extent will serve as a deterrent to other office holders and government officials. “The NDC is, therefore, calling for 4 immediate actions to be taken by Akufo-Addo to save his reputation.

1. The NDC is, therefore, demanding an immediate dismissal of A,B Adjei, for his egregious crime.

2. An immediate dissolution of the PPA Board for complicity and abetment of this heinous crime or for sleeping on the job.

3. The suspension of all actors in the various MDA’s and agencies who played various roles in aiding and abetting the procurement of dubious contacts by TDL pending a forensic investigation into the matters

4. An immediate arrest and prosecutions of A.B Adjei”.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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