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Procurement arrangements for Free SHS policy laudable – Adwoa Safo

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The Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has commended the Ministry of Education for strictly adhering to the procurement laws in the various procurement activities his outfit is undertaking for the implementation of the free Senior High School policy.

The Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has commended the Ministry of Education for strictly adhering to the procurement laws in the various procurement activities his outfit is undertaking for the implementation of the free Senior High School policy.

 

She said given the components that constitute Free SHS, she noticed that the programme was going to be laden with a lot of procurement activities, adding that to ensure that the procurement regulations were not flouted, she decided to pay a working visit to learn at first hand the kind of procurement methods being used and to advise accordingly.

Adwoa Safo noted that Free SHS is an important intervention which had attracted diverse opinions, and that once it was ready to be implemented in few weeks, it did not need any further controversies, especially regarding the procurement processes.

After receiving briefings from Dr Opoku Prempeh, she was left with no choice than to commend the Education Minister and his team for a good job done.

She advised them to be mindful of a new directive from Cabinet to seek approval of any procurement that exceeds the GH₵50million threshold.

Adwo Safo further informed the Education Minister and his team about some of the policies she was implementing to strengthen the country’s procurement system to ensure value for money.

For instance, she said, in order to strengthen the capacities of local contractors, the government had made a policy where 70% of all its contracts or projects shall be awarded to local contractors.

Out of this 70%, 30% of the contracts or projects shall be awarded to Persons With Disability, women and those in youth employment.

She also disclosed plans by her office to establish an e-platform where the database of the records of all contractors involved in government projects to enable them rate their performances from time to time.

“With this database, the citizenry could at any giving time, assess the performance of all the contractors to know who is doing well and who is doing badly,” she explained.

For his part, Dr Opoku Prempeh expressed appreciation to Adwoa Safo for her visit and noted that the government free SHS policy would be implemented with due regards to the laws of the land.

He said the policy which is packed with equity, quality and employable skills would be rolled out in three weeks time and was very optimistic that its successful implementation would inure to the benefits of all.

The Education Minister further noted that despite the heavy investment the government was making in the implementation of the Free SHS policy, his outfit would also ensure that subsidies for continuing students, capitation grant and teacher-trainee allowances were promptly paid.