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    Ghana awarded $10m Covid-19 contract to companies through irregular procurement


     

    A corruption risk assessment report by the Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana) and the Commonwealth Foundation, has revealed some stinky and shady coronavirus related deals undertaken by the Ghanaian Government.

    The report made available to African Entertainment, raised corruption risk  over several contracts and expenditures made by the Akufo-Addo’s government, using Ghana’s coronavirus funds.

    For instance, the 67-page report titled: “Strengthening Covid-19 Accountability Mechanisms (SCAM)”, cited “irregular procurement” in the award of contract to four Ghanaian garment manufacturing companies.

    According to the report, the four companies ” had been given loans of $10 million through the Ghana Exim Bank to produce PPEs, face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns and head gears.”

    The report said the award of the contract to the four companies “was without tender and the companies had been selected.”

    It added that “the companies were also not registered with the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) at the time of contract award.”

    The report indicated that Ghana has since March 2020 when it recorded its first two cases of coronavirus, accessed and utilized Ghc 12,440,710,000 ($2,144,950,000).

     



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