Value-for-money should be done by an independent body – Adaklu MP

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Following the rising tension on the National Identification Card, the Honourable Member of Parliament for Adaklu, Mr. Governors Kwame Agbodza is calling on the government to ensure that an independent audit body does value for money audit on all government projects.

According to him, some sole-sourced contracts are suspicious and there is the need for urgent audit to ensure value for money.

He made these remarks in an interview with in the wake of the National Identification Authority’s (NIA) one billion and four hundred thousand United States dollars project with the aim of issuing Ghanaians with National IDs, which the Minority has boycotted.

Mr. Governors Kwame Agbodza further revealed that government appointed its own officials to conduct a value for money audit and that such a move is unacceptable.

He lamented that “When you have a bad mind and you want to hide evidence and avoid transparency, you go the way the NIA is doing. Government can develop a project send it to Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and a government appointee, would be the one to determine value for money. We believe this is wrong value for money. Such exercise should be carried out by an independent organisation”.

The Adaklu MP again indicated that he cannot generate a digital address from home in Adaklu because there is no telephone connectivity and it will be very difficult to get the card since one of the requirements is the digital address.

He again cautioned that “this government is pulling through a project that can land the country in chaos. We are saying they must step back or make sure this NIA exercise covers all Ghanaians.”

Source: GhanaJustice/S.Ayisi