General News of Saturday, 21 December 2013
A local government analyst is calling for the dismissal of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) boss, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, over the reported auctioning of his residence and other AMA properties.
The auctioning was necessitated to pay off a judgement debt secured against the AMA in March 2012.
The analyst, George Kyei Baffour, opined that if the AMA boss had acted accordingly by informing the assembly of the status of the situation, properties belonging to him and the AMA would not have been auctioned.
He insisted that “for the Chief Executive to act in this manner for the assembly to get into this mess, I think that he did not do due diligence and he did not act appropriately; he did not show leadership, he did not show skill, I think that he should be fired.”
Mr. Kyei Baffour pointed out that in accordance to the Public Procurement Act, Act 663, the assembly is a procurement entity with a committee that is responsible for procurement (the Tender Committee chaired by the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive).
Therefore, if the Tender Committee has gone through a process and the contract is approved by Parliament, the implementation lies squarely in the hands of the Chief Executive to implement it as a decision of the assembly.
He further mentioned that if any problem arose from the terms of contract, the AMA boss is expected “to report to the Tender Committee for them to look at the terms and the extent of the breach and seek the necessary legal advice because the Tender Committee has a member of the Attorney Generals Department serving on it. And then if there is a need for an abrogation after due process, the assembly will have to take that decision to abrogate the contract.”
He therefore questioned why the Mayor did not do due diligence to avert the situation, which in his opinion, “if the assembly had no resources to pay up, the assembly could have done the necessary consultations with the ministry of local government for the ministry to act on behalf of the assembly.”
Meanwhile, the Ga Adangme council says they are against the sale of the AMA boss’ residence.