NDA CEO, Deputies to face prosecution over GHC10.4m scanda

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The Chief Executive Officer of Northern Development Authority, Mr. Sumaila Abdul-Rahman and his two deputies are to face prosecution over GHc10.4m scandal for beach of the Public Procurement Authority as directed by the Special Prosecutor.

The two deputies are Patrick Seidu and Mr. Stephen Yir-eru Engmen who were recently sacked by President Akufo-Addo.

The Special Prosecutor in June last year commenced investigations into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences at the NDA over a contract awarded to A&Q’s Consortium.

Mr. Andrew Kuundaari, Chief Executive Officer of A&QS Consortium Limited, who is believed to have played part in the scandal will also face criminal prosecution for the role he played.

The Special Prosecutor(SP) started investigation into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences at the NDA over contract awarded to A&Q’s Consortium for consultancy under the Infrastructure for poverty Eradication Programm.

Mr. Martin Luther Kpebu, a private legal practitioner who filed a complaint, requested the SP to investigate into the operations of NDA and the actions of its Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman.

Mr. Kpebu alleged that on 28th January 2020, a consultancy service contract was awarded to A&OS Consortium Limited by NDA for the supervision of some constituencies in the Upper West Region under the IPEP at a contract sum of Five Milion Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand Cedis (GHc5,720,000.00.

“However, upon the exit of the then Acting Chief Executive who executed the contract, the contract sum was illegally increased to Ten Million Four Hundred Thousand cedis (GH¢10,400,000.00) by the removal of the page containing the original figure of Five Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand cedis (GH¢5,720,000.00) and its replacement at page 25 clause 33.1 of the contract with a fresh page containing the bloated figure of Ten Million Four Hundred Thousand cedis (GH¢10,400,000.00) to make it appear as if it is the contract executed by the previous Acting Chief Executive.”

The Special Prosecutor after detailed investigations revealed in a statement that “Mr. Abdul-Rahman, Mr. Engmen, Mr. Seidu, and Mr. Kuundaari intended their actions to, and their actions did in fact, directly or indirectly influence the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage to A&QS in the procurement for consultants by NDA under the IPEP by increasing the approved procurement total contract sum of Five Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand cedis (GH¢5,720,000.00) by an amount of Four Million Six Hundred and Eighty Thousand cedis (GH¢4,680,000.00) to an amount of Ten Million Four Hundred Thousand cedis (GH¢10,400,000.00) without lawful authority.

“Mr. Abdul-Rahman, Mr. Engmen, and Mr. Seidu intended their actions to, and their actions did in fact, directly or indirectly influence the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage to A&QS in the procurement for consultants by NDA under the IPEP by pushing through and/or approving and/or contributing to approve and/or contributing to cause the approval for payment to A&QS two (2) invoices totalling Eight Million Three Hundred and Twenty- Eight Thousand cedis Eight Hundred and Forty cedis (GHC8,328,840.00) and exceeding the approved procurement total contract sum of Five Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand cedis (GH¢5,720,000.00) by an amount of Two Million Six Hundred and Eight Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty cedis (GH¢2,608,840.00) with a further outstanding amount of Two Million Seventy-One Thousand One Hundred and Sixty cedis (GH¢2,071,160.00), without lawful authority.”

Source: frontpageghana.com & citinewsroom

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