It has come to light that more than half of gargantuan sums bequeathed to the ruling NPP government by the past administration as contract arrears were fake.
Accordingly, out of the 11 Billion Cedis of arrears claimed by John Mahama and the NDC as debts owed for various contracts, 5.7 billion has been rejected representing 51% of the initial figure has been quashed.
As a result, the Akufo-Addo led NPP government has prevented the potential theft of a whopping 5.7 million of the Ghanaian tax payer’s money by members of the past government in an ugly collusion with some so called contractors.
This likely rip-off was exposed when the ruling government through the Audit Service subjected the 11billion Cedis claim to a proper, detailed forensic audit.
The audit service has therefore certified payments to the tune of GH¢5.5 billion.
President Akufo-Addo made this startling revelation during the ‘‘Encounter with the Media’’ event on 17th January, 2018 at the Flagstaff House, Accra.
“This shows the validity of our criticism that so much of contracts awarded in the Mahama era were inflated, and apparently, in some cases, non-existent.” President Akufo-Addo said.
He added, ‘’I have promised to protect the public purse, and I am doing just that. Those who have done honest work, and at honest rates for the government, will get paid and paid on time so their profits do not get swallowed up in bank interests, and, thereby, threaten the collapse of their businesses’’
President Akufo-Addo further lamented the wanton disregard for the procurement procedure during the period under Mahama.
‘’In the year 2016, the Public Procurement Authority had 622 Sole Source Requests. 597 of the number, 98%, were approved, and there were 25 rejections. There were 592 Requests made for Restricted Tenders, and 587 (99.15%) were approved, and there were 5 rejections. A grand total of zero savings was made’’
He assured the public to continue betting on the “Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda as signs of the various interventions rolled out during the past year begins to yield results.