Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), and two of his deputies, Mr Stephen Yir-eru Engmen and Mr Patrick Seidu, have been charged with violating the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).
Mr. Andrew Kuundaari, the chief executive of A&QS Consortium Limited, will also be prosecuted for his involvement.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently fired NDA’s two deputy CEOs, Patrick Seidu and Mr Stephen Yir-eru Engmen.
In June of last year, the Special Prosecutor began an investigation into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences at the NDA in connection with a contract awarded to A&Q’s Consortium.
The contract for consulting services under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme was awarded to A&Q’s Consortium.
Mr Martin Luther Kpebu, a private legal practitioner, filed the complaint, requesting an investigation into NDA’s operations and the actions of its CEO and Board Chairman.
The complaint alleged that on January 28, 2020, NDA granted a contract to A&QS Consortium Limited for consulting services related to the IPEP’s supervision of a number of constituencies in the Upper West Region, with a contract amount of GHC 5,720,000.00.
The contract sum, however, was unlawfully increased to Ten Million Four Hundred Thousand Cedis (GH10,400,000.00) upon the exit of the then-Acting Chief Executive who had executed it. This was done by removing the page containing the original figure of Five Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand Cedis (GH5,720,000.00) and replacing it at page 25 clause 33.1 of the contract with a new page containing the bloated figure of Ten Million Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis
After conducting extensive investigations, the Special Prosecutor declared in a statement that “Mr. Abdul-Rahman, Mr. Engmen, and Mr. Seidu intended their actions to, and their actions did in fact, directly or indirectly influence the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage to A&QS in the procurement for consultants by NDA under the IPEP by pushing through and/or approving and/or contributing to approve and/or contributing to cause the approval for payment to A&QS two (2) invoices totaling Eight Million Three Hundred and Twenty- Eight Thousand cedis Eight Hundred and Forty cedis (GHC8,328,840.00) and exceeding the approved procurement total contract sum of Five Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand cedis (GH¢5,720,000.00) by an amount of Two Million Six Hundred and Eight Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty cedis (GH¢2,608,840.00) with a further outstanding amount of Two Million Seventy-One Thousand One Hundred and Sixty cedis (GH¢2,071,160.00), without lawful authority.”
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