Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adwoa Safo has stated that her nomination as Minister of State in charge of public procurement will not conflict with the roles of the Chief Executive Officer of Public procurement.
She made the statement s before the Appointments Committee of Parliament vetting the last batch of 54 nominations for ministerial posts, justifying the position in the process.
Chief Executive of the Public Procurement Authority was responsible for ensuring that public institutions operate within Public Procurement Act.
Answering questions about a potential clash of roles between her role as procurement minister and the PPA, Adwoa Safo said her work was to advice would be an internal check within the government, affirming that the NPP government has put in place measures it believes will address the potential abuse of the law through sole-sourcing.
“No way will there be conflict with PPA. It will rather go on and empower it”, she stated.
Government has placed a 50 million cedi ceiling for contracts awarded through sole-sourcing. Any cost beyond this level must be brought to cabinet for parliamentary approval, she said.
“I can assure Ghanaians we will minimise the use of sole-sourcing” Adwoa Safo said. The minister-designate said she will help safeguard government commitment to reserve 70% of all taxpayer funded contracts and procurement for local businesses.
Adwoa Safo who is also the Dome-Kwabenya Member of Parliament stressed the party’s policy direction to give at least 30% of the required 70% of these contracts sourced to entities owned by youth, women and people living with disabilities.