The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has given the suspended Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) ten days to respond to conflict of interest allegations levelled against him.
President Nana Akufo-Addo last Thursday referred an issue of an alleged conflict of interest against Mr. Adjenim Boateng Adjei to CHRAJ following a documentary dubbed ‘contracts for sale’ by journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni.
Speaking to Citi News, the Commissioner of CHRAJ, Joseph Whittal said the response from Mr AB Adjei will determine their next line of action.
In the documentary, Mr. Boateng was said to have established his own company, Talent Discovery Limited incorporated, in June 2017 which won some government contracts through restrictive tendering.
The company was in turn selling the contracts to individuals as revealed by Manasseh Azure Awuni’s sting operations.
From the documentary, Talent Discovery Limited was ready to sell a contract worth GHc22.3 million to a non-existent entity.
Before this investigation, Mr. Adjei was well regarded in the procurement space. When PPA was set up in 2005, he was the first CEO and was reappointed in 2017 when the Akufo-Addo administration came to power.
In November 2018, he was elected as an Executive Member of the African Public Procurement Network.
The PPA was established by the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as a regulatory body responsible for the effective implementation of the Public Procurement Law in Ghana.
The Authority is mandated to ensure fairness, transparency and non-discrimination in public procurement in order to promote a competitive local industry.