9 things suspended PPA CEO said about corruption and procurement

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The embattled PPA boss was part of those caught up in freelance investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni ‘s latest exposé, titled “Contracts For Sale”. Mr. A.B. Adjei was found to have engaged in a conflict of interest by forming a company that sells government contracts to the highest bidder.

On Thursday, August 22, 2019 he was suspended by the President Akufo-Addo following the fallout of the exposé. However, Mr. A.B. Adjei has previously been a big talker on public procurement issues and even stated that government seeks to restore public faith in procurement.

Below, we take a look at some quotes from the suspended PPA boss, in an interview he had with europeanceo.com.

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1.      “Failure to properly balance the various aspects of the public procurement system can lead to wasted efforts and poor development outcomes.”

2.      “Under my leadership, the PPA has undertaken a number of initiatives to both improve public procurement processes and minimise corrupt practices.”

3.      “Another significant initiative that I have overseen has been the recent launch of a procurement practitioners’ code of ethics, which will guide the activities of procurement practitioners. This new set of rules will help maintain integrity, prevent actions that can lead to the state’s financial losses and safeguard the public purse.

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4.      “Procurement practitioners that are found to have flaunted the code of ethics will be met with serious penalties. They could even face arrest and imprisonment.”

5.      “Shortly after my reappointment as CEO, I embarked on a rigorous rebranding of the PPA, targeted at changing negative perceptions that the public once had about government spending.” 6.      “With less space for corruption, trust in the system can be rebuilt and will be stronger than ever before.”

7.      “Public procurement has become an essential part of governance and something political leaders must deploy with tact and skill to execute their promises and accomplish the desired benefits for their citizens.”

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8.      “I left the position in July 2010 and went back to private consultancy, but I was worried that things had begun to take a downward turn. The authority began to experience its lowest point in terms of reputation and public confidence: all the gains that we had made were being eroded.”

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