Ghana’s Local Government Ministry, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), has sworn in an eight-member Entity Tender Committee to advise and guide management to ensure that procurement activity and procedures are followed as prescribed in the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act.
Members of the committee took the Oath of Secrecy and the Oath of Office.
A Senior State Attorney at the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, Mdam Patience Adumua-Lartey, swore in members of the committee.
The committee members are Mr Daniel Kwaku Botwe, the sector minister and Chairman of the Committee, Ms Marian Kpakpah, Chief Director, MLGDRD, Mr Redeemer Krah of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana and Madam Sylvia Asare of the Ghana Institute of Engineers.
The others are Mrs Grace Nbrokoh-Ewool, Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, and Mr R. O. Saben-Fosu, Financial Controller, MLGDRD.
The rest, all from MLGDRD, are Mr Samuel Seth Passah, the Director in charge of Decentralisation, Mr Richard Gyasi, the Head of Procurement Unit, and Mr Frank Raji, the Director, General Administration.
Mr Botwe on behalf of the committee noted that the reservoir of expertise and knowledge of members would help in the revision of the ministry’s procurement plan to ensure they support the objectives and operations of the entity.
He urged members to confirm the range of acceptable costs of items to be procured and match them with the available funds in the entity’s approved budget.
He reiterated that members should facilitate contract administration and ensure compliance with all reporting requirements under the Act.
He further urged members not to be deterred by the challenges they might encounter but carry out their responsibilities to the fullest.
He called on members to provide support for the overall procurement policy of the ministry to strengthen the structures and streamline its operation.