The Governing Board of the Zongo Growth Fund has disclosed that its Main Govt Officer, Arafat Sulemana Adulai experienced the acceptance of the Board ahead of obtaining Covid-19 sanitary merchandise.
This comes following a Corruption Watch investigation uncovered that the Zongo Growth Fund (ZoDF) had engaged in alleged procurement malpractices in the buy of items, products and services and functions well worth ¢5 million.
The management of ZoDF allegedly superintended procurement breaches this sort of as inflation of agreement figures and breaching of entity head’s threshold.
The Corruption Enjoy proven that ¢200,000 of the ¢5 million was invested on a agreement for Covid-19 PPEs.
But, according to a assertion signed by the Board Chairman, Rear Admiral Mohammed Munir Tahiru (Retired), the ZoFD CEO, Mr Sulemana Adulai acted in accordance Part 90 (3) of Act 663 and subsequently subjected himself to investigation by the General public Procurement Authority (PPA).
“The board wises to state that it accepted the procurement of Individual Protecting Tools (PPEs) as portion of the broader national work to prevent the unfold of Covid-19.
“At the time the things had been procured, the Community Procurement Authority (PPA) and in truth, lots of lots of general public institutions were not entirely operational in compliance with the partial lockdown evaluate declared by the President. In the meantime the PPEs had been needed to help you save lives,” he spelled out.
In the meantime, Main Executive Officer of the Fund conceded in an interview with Corruption Watch that he “went beyond” his threshold in the acceptance of the ¢200,000 contract for Covid-19 PPEs.
The procurement of the Covid-19 connected objects, namely bottles of sanitiser, bottles of liquid cleaning soap and bundles of nose masks is just one of the main transactions he has overseen.
The deal was awarded to Concentrate Females Network on March 25, for ¢200,000 just after which Sulemana Abdulai wrote to the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) to request for ratification of the contract due to the fact he had breached his permissible threshold as head of entity.