'Last Minute' Contracts Ghana may be slapped with another judgement debt - GII

The comments come on the back of the government’s 18 million Euro contract with SCL Waste Management Limited, to recycle e-waste in the country.

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The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has raised fears that new contracts by the out-going Mahama government may lead to issues of judgement debt and other challenges in the country.

The comments come on the back of the government’s 18 million Euro contract with SCL Waste Management Limited, to recycle e-waste in the country.

This is in spite of concerns raised by the NPP’s transition team about some supposed last minute contracts being awarded by the outgoing NDC government.

READ ALSO: NPP sues Mahama over "last minute" appointments

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga has since defended the government’s decision to sign the contract.

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On his Facebook page, Mr Ayariga explained that he took the decision because it was duly forwarded to the Public Procurement Authority for approval before the defeat.

“An application was pending before the election and I duly forwarded it to the PPA for approval before the elections,” he said.

He said, “the cost of project is entirely borne by the applicant and they said it will cost them €18 million...“Ghana must have e-waste recycling capacity to solve problems such what we have at Abglogoshi and other sites.”

But the Executive Director of the GII, Linda Ofori Kwafo believes the government should have allowed such new contracts to be handled by the new government.

“…We should actually have laid down procedures detailing what an outgoing government should do and what they should not do and if it is about contracts, how far have they gone with the process and where they have to halt for the new administration to take over,” she told Accra-based Citi FM.

"If you engage in any contract on behalf of Ghanaians and it is found out that due processes are not followed then issues of judgement debt and all its related issues will come up,” she added.

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