PAC sitting: Chairman clashes with Transport Minister over GPHA procurement breaches
The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee,(PAC) James Klutse Avedzi has clashed with the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah over procurement breaches by management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.
The management of the authority has been indicted by the Auditor General in the 2020 report for awarding over 276,000 cedis contract to a company for supply of chemicals outside the official bidding process.
The auditors are recommending an amount of 23,000 cedis paid as a result of failure to use the entities that entered the bid by the Director General, Chief Director, and Director of Procurement.
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The minister, however, sought to explain that this happened because the chemical in question was urgently needed, and the supplier selected was the only one with the required products.
This explanation was however rejected by the chairman of the committee, who asked for the trio to refund the said amount to the state.