The Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Hon. Adwoa Safo has directed all MMDA’s and MDAs to submit copies of all contracts to her office for review.
The directive affects only contracts that are being considered by MMDA’s and MDAs for abrogation.
According to the Minister the move is to ensure the avoidance of any unnecessary legal battles that may arise as a result of the abrogation.
“The Minister has no doubt about the competence of heads of entities to make a judgement on what a good contract is from a bad one, however, she believes it is always important to seek legal and expert advice before a decision to abrogate a contract is taken” a press statement said.
The Minister also in the press statement requested for all queries concerning the termination of any contract should be directed to her office for recommendations and advice.
The NPP government ahead of the 2016 election raised lots of red flags concerning contracts that had been signed by the erstwhile administration insisting in some cases that they didn’t have value for money.
Read the entire press statement below
BROGATION OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
The Minister of state responsible for Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo has observed with grave concern, recent media publications regarding abrogation of Government Contracts by some MMDA’s and MDAs
She has, therefore, advised all heads of entities within the MMDAS and MDAS to refer all such questionable contracts to her office for expert and legal advice.
The Minister has no doubt about the competence of heads of entities to make a judgement on what a good contract is from a bad one, however, she believes it is always important to seek legal and expert advice before a decision to abrogate a contract is taken.
Hon. Adwoa Safo noted that the move will prevent any unnecessary legal battles between government and contractors which could spark needless and avoidable payment of judgement debts.
In effect, she has a letter communicated to all Heads of entities within MMDAS and MDAs to stop terminating contracts forthwith.
Ms Safo has further directed that all queries on some of these contracts should be directed or be referred to the office of the Minister of State responsible for Public Procurement for further investigations and recommendations.
Please send all correspondence in the interim to this office:
Office of the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement
Office of the President – Flagstaff House, Accra
P.M.B 62, Accra -Ghana
Parliament House 9th floor (West Wing), Room 22.
HON. SARAH ADWOA SAFO (MP)
MINISTER FOR PROCUREMENT