Direct all questions relating to the procurement of 1,800 used vehicles by the Microfinance and Small Loans Center (MASLOC) to the Ministry of Finance for answers, Procurement Minister, Madam Adjoa Safo has told National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey.
The legislator wanted to know the procurement method used by MASLOC in awarding the contract worth GH¢28.8 million to Dextro Impex to supply 1,800 used vehicles.
The MP alleges that there were no grounds to have sole-sourced a contract for the supply of 1800 second-hand vehicles for the government, describing the deal as illegal.
He also noted that, the Section 40 of PPA Act is against public officers procuring second-hand vehicles for any state entity.
But the Deputy Majority Leader Adjoa Safo eacred saying: ” Mr. Speaker, per the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and (Act 914) as amended – the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) is the regulatory body charged with the mandate of granting procurement approvals and ensuring compliance with all relevant procurement rules and processes. The PPA as agency legally placed under the Ministry of Finance. Per the definition prescribed in the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and (Act 914) as amended a Minister is defined as; “Minister” means the Minister responsible for Finance. Hence, in accordance with the Standing Orders of Parliament all questions ought to be directed to the Ministry of Finance”, she noted.
She added “The Office of the Minister responsible for Public Procurement exists to advise H.E. the President on procurement policies and strategies. Accordingly, the office does not have locus in this August House in respect of the subject matter to answer such questions”.