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Ghc200,000 Procurement Fraud Uncovered at Tamale Teaching Hospital

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A shady procurement contract that had been given out at the Tamale Teaching Hospital in 2013 has now become a news item after an audit report flagged it.

An special audit report by the hospital has revealed that there was neither an evaluation exercise nor a tender committee approval for the award of the contract in question.
Accra based JoyNews which broke the story reports that the suspect-in-chief in the affair is a former Director of Pharmacy, Nicholas Adjimani. Mr. Adjimani is among other things, said to have impersonated the CEO of the Hospital at the time, Dr. Prosper Akambong.

Nicholas Adjimani is said to have since mounted a spirited defense.

JoyNews reports that in a special audit of the Pharmacy and Procurement unit of the Hospital in 2013, the procurement records revealed there was no evidence of evaluation report and tender committee minute for the contract awarded for the supply of drugs valued at over ¢200,000.
What this means, according to the audit, is that there was neither evaluation exercise done nor tender committee approval for all the awards.
This claim has reportedly been challenged by the man at the centre of the controversy, former director of pharmacy, Nicholas Adjimani.
He is said to have explained that his responsibility at the Tamale Teaching Hospital was to provide expert advice and not to award contracts.
“I am a pharmacist I don’t award contracts…what I do is to profess technical advise. If we need medication we budget and it is taken to the CEO and drugs are procured for the hospital. All I do is to provide technical advice,” JoyNews quotes him as saying.
According to the audit report, the examination of the award letter showed that the then Director of Pharmacy signed all the contracts in the name of the then acting CEO of TTH, Dr Prosper Akambong.
It stated that, “the act was awfully deceitful as it was made to appear as Dr Akambong signed the award letters.” And concludes that, it was administratively wrong to sign documents in someone’s name. But, the former director of pharmacy claims the proper procedures were followed.
He said what accounted for the lapse is that the initial supplier failed to meet its commitment.
“We have a list of supplies in the hospital for drugs and non-drugs. This list came from a list of suppliers of medication. We didn’t have enough storage space so it is important that we procure these items in bits and pieces taking into consideration expiry dates and all. So, we went through the whole process,” he said.
He also allegedly claimed there was a letter of approval from the CEO.

Source: Whatsup News

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