Police Invite Jospong Company Chairman Over "Questionable" Contracts
| Updated Sep 06, 2017 at 5:43pm
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies has been invited by the police for questioning over some "questionable" contracts. That’s according to an Accra based radio “Joy News” report.
The report said the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, wrote to Mr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong following series of investigations detailing “questionable contracts” involving subsidiaries of the Jospong Group.
The letter was reportedly sent on Wednesday afternoon.
The report also confirmed that the investigation was sanctioned by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, Gloria Akuffo.
According to the report, the CID also wrote to Joy News’ lead investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, to assist with the investigations into a waste bin contract awarded to subsidiaries of the Group.
Mr. Awuni after nine months of investigations discovered that the Local Government Ministry last year awarded a $74 million contract to five subsidiaries of the Jospong Group to supply one million waste bins and 90,000 bin liners.
He found that the waste bins were not needed as a similar contract awarded by the ministry in 2014 had yet to be fully performed – 55,000 waste bins were yet to be taken from the suppliers.
About 100,000 waste bins under that contract distributed to metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies were lying waste.
In spite of this, the ministry awarded another contract to the five Jospong subsidiaries under single sourcing to supply the waste bins.
Joy News also found out that the contract sum may have been inflated by about GHS130 million.
The businessman is expected to assist the police with investigations into fumigation contracts which are also of a “questionable character”.
Meanwhile, all sanitation contracts with subsidiaries of the Jospong Group are said to have been suspended.
Government has also directed that, the various MMDAs take over the management of sanitation in their respective jurisdictions in the meantime.
GBC will follow up on this developing story and will bring you more..
SOURCE: Joy News