Members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) were left in a state of bewilderment when it came to light that the Ministry of Health (MOH) spent a whopping GHC1,450,000.00 to purchase condoms in 2011.
As well, the purchase did not go through the tender process.
Adom News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Abednego Asante Asiedu reported that the acting Chief Director at the Ministry of Health, Afisa Zakaria told the committee that the condoms were meant to be distributed for free.
The condoms, some of which have expired were procured as part of the Ministry’s effort to fight HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, she explained.
The purchase of the condoms meant for education purposes, was however done without recourse to the nation’s procurement laws.
The Director General of the Ghana Health Services, Rr. Ebenzezar Appiah Denkyira, was at pains to tell the committee that the procurement took place before he assumed office, Abednego added.
The Economic and Organised Crimes Office has since taken up the matter for investigations.
The same Ministry also spent an amount of GHC378,000.00 to purchase laboratory consumables.
This was also done without the approval of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).
And One may ask ,who used the condoms…..
Story by: Nana Yaw Osene-Akwah