Award of Contracts & Alleged Conflicts of Interest: NLA Boss Bastardized in Vain

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The Director-General (DG) of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) Kofi Osei Ameyaw, who is also a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Asuogyaman constituency in the Eastern Region has recently been at the bushing end in sections of the media for allegedly offering contracts in lots to a single company.

He has further been tried in the media for allegedly awarding about 11 contracts to his sister-in-law’s company – Rams kitchen, a situation his accusers saw as conflict of interest.

However, ghananewsonline.com.gh’s check at the NLA has shown that it is not out of place for the NLA to offer contracts in lots to a single company.

According to our checks, a similar contract, which was offered to Alfurqon Ventures in November 2016 to supply the Authority with some general goods when Osei-Ameyaw was nowhere near the NLA showed that the company was to supply the items in nine (9) lots at a cost of GH¢362,332.99, similar to the Ram kitchen’s contract.

Our checks further showed that the nine-lot contract was granted and signed on November 21, 2016 with the approval of the previous NLA administration, then headed by Brigadier-General Martin Ahiaglo.

In the contract, items supplied included 650 bags of Golden Rose Perfumed Rice, 150 cartons Unoli Vegetable Oil, 290 cartons Gino Mackerel, 480 cartons Cornered Beef, 380 packets of Beta Malt and others.

Our checks further showed that at the time of awarding the contract, several other companies participated in the bid but because even though their prices were better than that of Alfurgan Ventures, they won the final bid.

Our checks revealed that four other companies were invited to tender their bids but one pulled out. Three tendered with Rams Kitchen giving the least figure and subsequently wining the contract.

Afenyo Markin Jumps Into The Frail 

According to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Efutu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo Markin, the contract is fair. He maintained that there was no conflict of interest whatsoever because it was given on merit, and in accordance with conditions pertaining at the NLA.

Afenyo Markin made these remarks while speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme, “NewsFile”.

He stated that his checks at the Registrar-General’s Department showed that Rams-Kitchen quoted GH¢583,000.00 against GH¢613,000.00 by GNL Ventures and GH¢619,000.00 by Target Enterprise.

He maintained that going by this, Rams Kitchen was then the obvious choice, if one wanted to look for value for NLA.

Afenyo Markin maintained that Rams Kitchen got the bid on merit and therefore does not constitute any financial loss to either NLA or the State. Neither does it constitute conflict of interest, rather, it saved NLA and the state some money.

It has been gathered that Rams Kitchen has been a registered supplier with the NLA since 2013, years before Kofi Osei-Ameyaw became the NLA boss.

According to our information, Hon. Osei Ameyaw’s bastardization has come about as a result of his determination to block wastes in the system.

Source: S.O. ANKAMAH

 

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