Regional News of Fri, 27 Feb 20040

Central Region NDC Calls For Probe Into Kasoa Contract

The Central Region NDC has called on President Kufuor to institute a probe into the award of contract for the clearing of the huge refuse dump at Kasoa accumulated from the time that the NPP came into office.

In a statement signed by the Party's Regional Director of Operations, Mr. Allotey-Jacobs, the NDC revealed that the contract was originally estimated to cost ?80 million, but the figure was mysteriously and inexplicably inflated to ?270 million on the instructions of the Regional Minister, Mr. Isaac Edumadze.

According to the NDC, the contract was neither awarded to a registered contractor nor approved by the District Tender Board. Instead, the Regional Minister and the District Chief Executive for Effutu-Awutu-Senya, Captain Armah (Rtd.), commandeered tipper trucks to do the haulage of the refuse from Kasoa.

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The statement further revealed that following the exposure of the deal, the Regional Minister has ordered the DCE to proceed on indefinite leave. The Regional NDC was of the view that positive action on the allegation by the President would go a long way to prove his belief in his campaign promise of "zero tolerance for corruption".

The Party also felt that the amount involved could have been used to alleviate some of the sufferings of the people of the Effutu-Awutu-Senya district.

Source: Palaver

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