The Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Dr Wilberforce Dzisah has been ordered to proceed on leave over alleged infractions in “procurement practices.”

A four-member investigative committee set up by the Governing Council has been mandated to look into petitions submitted to the Council’s Chairperson Prof. Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh.

Dr. Dzisah and some management members are also being investigated over “academic integrity and any other matters arising out of the investigation”.

The investigative committee which began its work Monday, December 18, 2017 is being chaired by Dr. Margaret Amoakohene.

According to a letter signed by the Council’s chairperson Prof. Ansu-Kyeremeh, the internal probe was instigated by “matters arising out of, and as summarized in, petitions submitted to the Council Chairperson; complaints raised during meetings with the Executive Management Board, Senior members, Senior and Junior Staff and the SRC; as well as the Chairperson’s observations on prevailing decision making and implementation procedures.”

“The Committee is also to come up with proposals to rectify any shortcomings that may be detected to enhance the Institute’s operations. Council seeks the cooperation of all within the GIJ community to ensure a successful investigation,” the letter dated December 20, 2017 added.

“The Rector of the Institute is on leave to facilitate a smooth investigation,” the letter announced.

The Acting Vice-Rector Dr Ebo Afful will be acting in Dzisah’s absence.

Is it a case of state cash looting?

In October 2017, the Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, served notice to all public and civil servants involved in the procurement processes in their respective institutions to be wary of the Public Procurement Act since any breach of the law will attract severe sanctions.

With particular reference to sole sourcing, she said under the leadership of President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, the era where state looting through the abuse of such method is “now a thing of the past as all efforts are being made to investigate and bring closure to some of these issues.”

“I must sternly warn that whoever will be found culpable will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” Safo emphasized.

Commenting further, Ms Safo who is also the deputy Majority Leader of Parliament of Ghana said the government is mindful of the abuse of the procurement methods, especially, sole sourcing, and will leave no stone unturned to ensuring that the right structures are in place to allow for the proper functioning of public procurement in Ghana.

“My ministry will keep collaborating with all state actors in the procurement and supply chain environment including the Public Procurement Authority, The Civil Service, the Local Government Service, the Government and all stakeholders to ensure that training and skills development are an integral part of policy,” she posited.

She used the occasion to remind the gathering about some amendments made to the Public Procurement Act, Act 663 of 2003, noting that the changes are meant to provide for decentralized procurement which includes new provisions from the revised United Nations Commission on International Trade Model Law (UNCITRAL) on procurement.

It also includes provisions for the fair, equal and equitable treatment of suppliers and contractors and for the promotion of integrity and public confidence in the procurement process.
Such amendments, she added, take account of current international best practices to remove the delays caused by the hierarchical structures of the procurement system and improve public procurement efficiency.

“The Public Procurement Amendment Act of 2016 addresses weaknesses in the current Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and introduces sustainable public procurement framework contracting and electronic procurement,” she explained.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh with additional files from Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

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