New governing board for PPA

BY: Daily Graphic
• Mr Samuel Sallas-Mensah

A new nine-member board of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has been inaugurated.

The board is chaired by Alhaji Sumani Abubakari.

The others are: Mr Samuel Sallas-Mensah, the Chief Executive Officer of PPA, and Mr Dominic Ayine, a Deputy Attorney General. 

The others are: Alhaji Abu Jajah- Member; Mrs Mangowa Ghanney; Mrs Magdalene Apenteng; Mrs Margaret Andan; Ms Mansa Amoa-Awuah and Mr William Kwame Awuku-Member.

A Deputy Minister of Finance, Madam Mona Quartey, who inaugurated the new board, charged members to consider the appointment as a call to national service and work assiduously to, among others, ensure the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).

They are also to take into consideration the continuous training and capacity building for both the public and the private sector; and to enforce the various provisions of Act 663 through monitoring to ensure full compliance. 

In her remarks, the Deputy Minister of Finance congratulated the immediate past governing board for their commitment and tenacity to duty which had moved the authority and the entire public procurement system to another level of growth and development. She cited the successful completion of amendment proposals on the Act 663 which is presently receiving attention in Parliament as one of the major achievements of the previous board. 

Madam Quartey further asked them to intensify public education and stakeholder engagements to diffuse the widespread perception of corruption in the public procurement system and improve public confidence; ensure the introduction of the electronic government procurement (e-GP) and other initiatives; construct a new office complex; and effectively scrutinise applications for restricted and single source procurement methods that are submitted by procurement entities across the country. 

The Chairman of the board, Alhaji Abubakari, who spoke on behalf of the board, expressed appreciation to the government for the confidence reposed in them and pledged their dedication to work in order to consolidate the gains made by their predecessors.