Energy Minister justifies why a contract worth ¢100m was awarded to company formed in 2017

Energy Minister Mr John Peter Amewu has justified why a contract worth ¢100million has been awarded to a company established less than a year to supply 150 watts LED street lights.

The contract was awarded to the company, Imperial World Ventures which was registered on the 20 April 2017.

The company was selected to execute the contract through a restrictive tender process.

The company belongs to Stella Wilson, wife of NPP Member of Parliament for Assin Central  Ken Agyapong.

The disclosure came before parliament when the Minister appeared before legislators to answer a question standing in the name of the Member of Parliament for Ashaiman Ernest Norgbey.

The MP wondered why the contract was awarded to the company established just a year ago.

He also questioned why the contract was not awarded through an open competitive bidding.

But the Minister in responding said: “The Ministry obtained approvals from the Public Procurement Authority and the Central Tender Rating Committee prior to the award of this contract.”

When asked if due diligence was ensured before the contract was awarded he said: “The Ministry has a means of hiring contractors that undertake projects as and when the Ministry determines the availability of such projects and that the Procurement Authority is the responsible Authority to grant the necessary approval for such process.

“The Authority also has the mandate to investigate and find out the competence in terms of qualification, capabilities of some of these companies. I can assure the House…that all these were taken into the account both the Ministry and the Authority in the award of the contract.”

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