PPA to crack the whip on recalcitrant procurement officers

The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr. Frank Mante, has warned that the Authority will clamp down on all procurement officers, as well as actors in the procurement processes, who refuse to comply with the amended Public Procurement Act, 2003(Act 663).

He said PPA will embark on a procurement assessment exercise to evaluate procurement officers’ records (procurement processes) and other actors in the process for the past two years. During the assessment exercise, he said, any officer who found to have contravened the law will face prosecution.

Mr. Mante noted that the PPA will liaise with the Attorney-General and Special Prosecutor to sanction persons who do not comply with the law. “In times past, PPA did not push for people to be prosecuted for infractions of the law. Hence our determination to crack the whip now,” he stated.

He was speaking at the 9th annual public forum organised by the Public Procurement Authority to educate stakeholders, as well as the public, on key policies and issues relating to public procurement, on the theme Functional procurement units: a key to a sustainable public procurement system’.

He stated that the PPA has through the review of applications for both single source and restrictive tendering procedures saved the country GH¢2.75billion over the past three years.

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The office of the Minister of State in-charge of Public Procurement has developed a code of conduct to guide the operations of procurement practitioners in the country. It will serve as the highest ethics and standards code for benchmarking procurement practitioners, suppliers, contractors and service providers in accordance with the public procurement Act, 2003 (act 663).

The Minister of State in-charge of Public Procurement, Ms. Adwoa Safo, made this known in a speech read on her behalf at the forum.

Ms. Safo stated that her office is currently working to compile the past and present performance records of all contractors, consultants and suppliers in order to ascertain their performance abilities and financial capabilities.

Ms. Safo further noted that the worst performers will be suspended or debarred for a specified period to ensure fairness, accountability, integrity, transparency and value for money.

Mr. Eric Victor Appiah, Director of Compliance, Monitoring and Evaluation of the PPA, in his presentation said a survey to ascertain whether selected institutions were complying with the Public Procurement Act (Act 663) on the establishment of procurement Units showed that about 85% of the public institutions had Procurement Units.

However, he said, the units had inadequate office space as well as personnel and resources to work with.

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