The Special Prosecutor Mr Kissi Agyebeng has been told to scale up investigations and prosecutions for various offences especially procurement breaches in the country.
A Local Governance Expert, Dr Eric Oduro Osae noted that procurement breaches are costing the country millions of cedis hence must be tackled immediately.
Dr Oduro Osae said these in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of a forum held by Imani Africa and the African Centrer for Energy Policy (ACEP) on the topic “is the public procurement system hurting or saving the public purse?” held in Accra on Wednesday April 21.
He also noted that it is expensive to carry out procurements in the public sector compared to the private sector.
He said “The period it takes to procure is too long so even when you have finished with everything it will take about three to six months before you are paid.
“They factor this one in and because of that it has made public procurement more expensive than procurement undertaken by private entities.
“We should review the Public procurement act to make sure that it will reduce the unnecessary ancillary cost that we incur and make it more value for money. As it is now, it is too expensive to do public procurement.”
He added “Let us separate the position of Attorney General from the Minister of Justice. Let us make the position of Attorney General, an independent lawyer who is not a cabinet minister. In that case, he will be empowered to to even prosecute colleague ministers.
“I challenge the new Special prosecutor to up his game as far as investigation and prosecuting for offences relating to procurement as per its establishment,” he said.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana