The Minister of state responsible for Public Procurement, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo has observed with grave concern, recent media publications regarding abrogation of Government Contracts by some MMDA’s and MDAs
She has, therefore, advised all heads of entities within the MMDAS and MDAS to refer all such questionable contracts to her office for expert and legal advice.
The procurement expert noted that she has no doubt about the competence of heads of entities to make a judgment on what a good contract is from a bad one.
However, she believes it is always important to seek legal and expert advice before a decision to abrogate a contract is taken.
The move, she noted, will prevent any unnecessary legal battles between government and contractors which could spark needless and avoidable payment of judgment debts.
Hon. Safo who is also the deputy Majority Leader, Parliament of Ghana, made this observation when addressing participants at a ‘Special Training Session on the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (ACT 663) as amended & Public Financial Management Reforms for Ministers & Heads of Agencies in Accra on Monday.
To ensure compliance, she has in a letter communicated to all Heads of entities within MMDAS and MDAs to stop terminating contracts forthwith.
Ms Safo has further directed that all queries on some of these contracts should be directed or be referred to the office for further investigations and recommendations.