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Ministries, public institutions without Tender Committees to face Special Prosecutor – Minister

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Ministries and public institutions without Entity Tender Committees would face the Special Prosecutor as it constitutes a breach of the procurement Act.

The Minister of State responsible for Procurement, Miss Adwoa Safo disclosed this at a training programme in Koforidua, Eastern region.

To this end, twenty three Ministries have received letters from the Ministry of Procurement to present membership of their Entity Tender Committees.

About 70% of government expenditure goes into procurement of goods and services. The procurement Act demands that all Ministries and Agencies form Entity Tender Committees to ensure that the right procurement laws are followed in this process so as to reduce corruption.

Members of Parliament are supposed to be part of these Committees so they ask the correct questions in the procurement process. Unfortunately they are usually absent in these Committee meetings leaving the decision on major procurement activities to the executive arm of government.

The two-day training for the MPs was to enlighten them on the importance of their role in procurement.

The ranking member on the Committee on Roads and Transport, Mr Kwame Agbodza, said the role of Members of Parliament should go beyond just approving bills for contracts.

Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka, said to ensure compliance with rules of procurement, Ghanaians and lawmakers need to be patriotic and held accountable.

Minority leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu believes that reforms should begin in parliament which must tighten the screws over the public purse.

The first Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joseph Osei Wusu, on his part, said Ghanaians must learn to follow the rules. The Minister for Procurement, Miss Adwoa Safo, said the Ministry will not relent in ensuring that the procurement laws are followed to save money for the Country.

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