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– TO CLEAN THE JUBILEE HOUSE, EXIM BANK, NHIS, FREE ZONES BOARD, COCOBOD AND MANY OTHER STATE AGENCIES
It has emerged that a company belonging to the wife of the National Youth Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, ‘APRIL JUNE LIMITED’ has been awarded multiple lucrative tenders worth millions of dollars.
Other bidders have raised questions about the tender, implying that the husband’s relationship with the President and position in the party earned her the contracts.
APRIL JUNE LIMITED is the only company given all the cleaning contracts right from the Jubilee House to Exim Bank to COCOBOD, NHIS, Free Zones Board and many other state offices.
Justifying the choice of APRIL JUNE LIMITED, a procurement officer who works at the Jubilee House said the company met all the necessary requirements and had a track record of cleaning and decorating offices.
Ghananewsonline.com.gh’s checks however proved otherwise. We discovered that the company was only registered recently; meaning that the lucrative contract was given to Mrs. Awuku without following proper tender process.
This is how the Akufo-Addo government operates, giving out tenders to friends, party members and cronies. If you are not a friend to the President, a member of the NPP or a friend to party stalwarts you won’t get a tender.
President Akufo-Addo and his NPP partisans during the 2016 electioneering campaign lambasted the Mahama administration for allegedly turning its cabinet meetings into contract bonanza sessions.
The President himself, then candidate Akufo-Addo, had to retract similar allegations he made against Madam Lordina Mahama after he has been alerted of the recklessness of his allegation.
It would be recalled that the current deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu, then in opposition alleged that the former first lady was putting up a warehouse inside the Flagstaff House to facilitate her private business deals. He is yet to provide evidence to support that reckless allegation.
Critically minded Ghanaians have also observed the quick pace with which President Akufo-Addo and other officials of the party including the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo appointed their children, friends, cronies etc to handle strategic juicy positions including Boards of state agencies etc.
Only recently we reported on this network that the Chief-of-Staff Frema Opare has one of her daughters who works with Fidelity Bank placed on the Board of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).