The Investigative Desk of Joy FM, flagship of the Multimedia Group, is on to the Energy Ministry, which has dished out juicy contracts to four cherry-picked businesses that appear to be owned by friends of the Akufo-Addo Government.
Consequently, the Accra bureau of the Desk which is headed by award-winning investigative journalist, Manasseh Awuni Azure, is peppering the Ministry with questions over the contract, WhatsUp News can report.
A copy of a questionnaire intercepted by WhatsUp News is exacting answers from Energy Minister, John Peter Amewu, on why the Ministry sole-sourced Musket Engineering Limited, Perfos Limited, Ghanhaali company limited and Imperial World Ventures Limited, to make supplies to the Energy Ministry.
Ghanhali was single sourced to supply 1million pieces of LED bulbs to the Ministry; Musket Engineering Limited, was similarly sourced in a restricted tender to supply 3,000 wooden Stay Blocks; Perfos Limited received a contract to supply conductors; while Imperial World Ventures Limited was single sourced to supply 150W LED Streetlights worth more than 1 trillion old cedis.
It would be recalled that Imperial World Ventures, is the company owned by Mrs. Stella Wilson Agyapong, wife of the ruling NPPs MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong. As Mrs. Agyepong is also the Board Chairperson for the Ghana Shippers Authority, her contract has largely been seen as a sweetheart deal to a regime actor that constitutes a text book example of conflict of interest corruption.
Also, it appears that Mr. Ganiyu Abdul Nuhu, owner of Ghanhali Company Limited is a regime amigo, whose shady involvement with the Energy Ministry goes deeper. Recently, the Energy Ministry fronted for a Service Passport from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Mr. Nuhu, passing Mr. Nuhu off as a staff of the Ministry of Energy when the man has never worked there.
As Service Passports are reserved for only staff of the Ministry to enable them travel easily on assignments, sources are saying that the move is probably aimed at helping the businessman outwit security protocols on his travels.
Joy FM has invited the Minister to field questions on the shady contracts, saying that its preliminary investigations suggest that the contracts shortchange the country.
Information available to Joy News suggests that all these contracts were awarded using restricte3d tendering. It is also alleged that there could have been better deals if the contracts had been opened for competitive tendering, the station wrote.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana