An anti-graft group calling itself Crusaders Against Corruption has said rather than “persecuting” the now-embattled and suspended CEO of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr A.B. Adjei over an alleged conflict of interest exposé by investigative journalists Manasseh Azure Awuni.
According to the group, Mr A.B. Adjei must be “awarded” and “celebrated” for saving Ghana some GHC2.75 billion, which would have otherwise gone into the individual pockets of certain powerful public officials who inflated 513 procurement contracts, some of them sole-sourced, by as much as $73 million in just one instant.
Following the Manasseh exposé, which accused Mr Adjei of selling government contracts to his own company, TDL, and, in turn, selling the same contracts to third parties for personal gain, President Nana Akufo-Addo directed that he be suspended pending investigations into the matter.
The President referred the case to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor for a probe.
At a press conference on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, however, Crusaders Against Corruption, led by its Chief Convener Mr Emmanuel Wilson, said some unhappy heavyweights within certain government agencies whose inflated procurement contracts were detected and cut down by Mr Adjei’s efforts through a Due Diligence Unit he set up at the PPA, are those who “ganged” up against him using the conflict of interest allegation, with the aim of forcing the President’s hand against the embattled CEO so they could have a field day with their inflation of sole-sourced contracts.
“Further investigations conducted by Crusaders has revealed that Mr A.B. Adjei, CEO of PPA, who is currently on suspension, was rather aggressively pursuing the President’s agenda in the actualisation of the promise to protect the public purse. He approached his job with vigilance and without fear or favour, and directed state institutions, ministries, departments and agencies whose contract estimates were considered unreasonable through the scrutiny of the Due Diligence Unit to reduce their contract sums, to achieve significant cost savings, thereby freeing monies for other equally important national projects” Mr Wilson told the media.
The group listed some of the allegedly inflated contracts, which it claims Mr Adjei scrutinised and cut down significantly, for which reason he became the enemy of some powerful people in government, as follows:
In a sole-sourced contract by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for the Bui and Pwalugu Irrigation Project, Mr. A.B. Adjei saved the Ghanaian purse, the gargantuan sum of $49,856,061.00.
In a sole-sourced contract by the Ministry of Health, dated 1 June 2018, Mr. A.B. Adjei beat down the price by the considerable sum of $11,922,954.00.
In a different contract by the Ministry of Health for the development of an electronic medical records and bio-surveillance system, the nation was saved the whopping sum of $12,000,000.00.