The Chief Executive of the National Lotteries Authority, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, has approved 11 contracts worth more than half a million cedis to his sister-in-law.
All the signed contracts were dated November 29, 2017, and were awarded to Rama Hassan who is the sole proprietor of Ram’s Kitchen to buy more than a 1,000 bags of rice, canned drinks, corned beef and tinned tomatoes.
This has raised questions of conflict of interest.
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But Rama said she won the contracts on merit and not because of her family ties with the Chief Executive.
“I heard about the bid process. I applied for it…I went through the process…I got the contract, free and fair.”
However, it has also been discovered that her company has closed down after executing the NLA contracts.
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Per the Procurement Act, the NLA boss is not allowed to approve contracts more than 100,000 cedis. The highest of the 11 contracts is 99,470 cedis.
Meanwhile, a procurement expert, Godfrey Ewool has questioned why separate purchasing orders were made for food items from a single supplier.
He believes it would have been reasonable if multiple suppliers were involved.