Value for Money Mahama's last minute contracts affecting Nana Addo - Osafo Marfo

Yaw Osafo Marfo said the government is increasingly facing setbacks following the inappropriate nature of the NDC's last-minute contracts.

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Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo play

Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

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The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo has said a number of contracts signed in the last days of the erstwhile Mahama-led administration are being reviewed to ensure that the country gets value for money.

He said the government is increasingly facing setbacks following the inappropriate nature of the contracts.

He explained that the review had become necessary because the government did not want the country to be saddled with judgement debts.

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"We are taking these agreements now, one by one, under the able leadership of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.

"One of the problems we are facing today as a new government is that many contracts were signed in the last 14 days of the Mahama administration," Yaw Osafo Marfo said.

 

Speaking at an Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) programme on the implementation of the Presidential Transition Act, he said "The Americans have a term, the lame-duck president. That term is not there for nothing. You are elected…you’re all outgoing presidents, but your functions are literally taken away from you in respect of many important issues. You are waiting for a new incoming administration and you don’t do anything that is significant.

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"The day-to-day running of the country can go ahead but you don’t do anything that is pronouncedly significant and I think we have to be very clear in the law about what can be done and what cannot be done," he added.

Touching on the judgement debts that may arise as a result, Yaw Osafo Marfo noted that "If you don’t take care, you could run this country into all kinds of judgement debts because these agreements have been signed and may be legally binding and certain provisions are there to be met. You can’t just come and say you are abrogating them. Some of the conditions are such that you can’t also implement them.

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"We have quite a lot we are looking at. We have a very powerful Transition Act with dos and don’ts. There should be transparency about the law as we move from one administration to the other. After all, many countries go through transitions and they do so quietly and diligently. I don’t see why we should bother ourselves with all kinds of problems," he said.

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