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SSNIT should have abrogated the OBS contract – Public Procurement Authority CEO

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr. Agyenim Boateng Adjei has said SSNIT should have rejected the  ballooning cost of the Operating Business Suite (OBS) based on section 29 of the Procurement Act.

Mr. Boateng Adjei explained that the procurement act has made a provision for an entity to stop any process that does not serve the interest of the organization.

In an interview with Wintson Amoah, host of Sunrise Morning Show on 3FM92.7, Mr. Boateng Adjei said the procurement law provide various remedies and exists.

He pointed out that there are exists strategies that anybody could adopt when one finds himself in a situation like SSNIT where the cost of the OBS kept increasing.

“From what we are hearing the technicality here is that the other quote of $3.8million did not have power of the Attorney, and the next responsive bid was $38million. Now in the Procurement Law, a provision has been made that if at any point in the process of any procurement activity, if the entity, that’s the institution conducting the procurement finds it necessary can abrogate the contract for whatever reason that it deems fit,” he stated.

Following up on the SSNIT saga, 3FM discovered that there were 5 different software apart from the Operating Business Suite which cost SSNIT $300,000 dollars each. Again, 104 expensive scanners which were procured by SSNIT to capture contributors data, were not fit for purpose.

The original contract sum was $34 million and entailed the procurement of IT infrastructure that will automate processes at the Trust. The contract signed in 2012 was to provide superior services to SSNIT customers, reduce member enrolment cycle through forms, provide effective reporting solution, achieve real time processing of contribution reports and reduce benefit processing time. But after four years, SSNIT has paid an estimated $72 million for the project, twice the initial amount.

By Charles Baba/3FM92.7/ 3news.com

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