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Minister for Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has directed Members of Parliament (MPs) to forward their questions regarding Procurement to the Finance Minister for answers.
According to her, she is not answerable on Procurement issues at the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Adwoa Safo who doubles as the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament and the MP for the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency in the Greater Accra region gave the directive on the Floor of Parliament on Wednesday when she was called upon to answer questions filed by the MP for the Ashaiman constituency, Ernest Norgbey on how the Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC) awarded a contract worth Ghc28.8 million to a company called Dextro Impex for the supply of 1,800 vehicles.
According to her, per her understanding of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and (Act 914) as amended, a “Minister” is the Minister responsible for Finance.
The Procurement Minister was emphatic that her office does not undertake Procurement for any Ministry, and that every Ministry is mandated to procure in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).
She explained further that per the Acts – (Act 663) and (Act 914) as amended, the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) is the regulatory body charged with the mandate of granting procurement approvals and ensuring compliance with all relevant procurement rules and processes. She said the PPA is an agency legally placed under the Ministry of Finance.
Ms Safo said her office, the Office of the Minister responsible for Public Procurement, exists only to advice The President of the Republic on procurement policies and strategies.
“The office does not have locus in this August House in respect of the subject matter to answer such questions. In accordance with the Standing Orders of Parliament all questions ought to be directed to the Ministry of Finance,” the Dome-Kwabenya lawmaker stated.
“For instance, the Ministry of Communications is an entity competent to undertake its own Procurement, so any question (on that) should be directed to the Ministry of Communications,” she added
Source Franklin ASARE-DONKOH