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General News of Monday, 27 March 2017

Source: Graphic.com.gh

My role will not conflict with that of PPA - Adwoa Sarfo

The Minister designate for Public Procurement, Ms Sarah Adwoa Sarfo has explained that her role will in no way conflict with that of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

There have been concerns that the new portfolio created by President Akufo-Addo and handed over to Ms Sarfo to oversee would conflict with the work of the PPA.

Answering a question on how she intends to reconcile her position with that of the PPA when she appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday morning, Ms Sarfo said there would be no conflict.

“My role will in no way conflict with that of the Public Procurement Authority. It is rather going to strengthen and empower the PPA to be the regulatory body that oversees public procurements that are done.”

“What I will be doing is to be advising government on procurement issues. I won’t veer into the regulatory functions of PPA. Mine, is just to advice as an internal check for us as a government even before we move to the PPA for the needed approval we ought to get for sole sourcing or for restrictive tendering.”

The MP for Hohoe, Bernice Adiku Heloo who asked the question on how she intends to reconcile her position with that of the PPA congratulated her and asked her to serve as a role model for especially young women by bringing her expertise to bear on the new position.

When the MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asked if her role will not conflict with that of the Minister of Finance, Ms Sarfo reiterated: “I do not think that I will veer into that arena…, my role will be restricted to advising government on procurement internally before we move to the next level of PPA regulating to see whether indeed as a government we have followed the right procedure.”

Ms Sarfo said she will ensure that entities that flout the procurement law are sanctioned in accordance with the law.