General News of Thursday, 22 May 2014

Source: citifmonline

MPs must be concerned about corruption – Dominic Nitiwul

Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, Dominic Nitiwul, wants Parliament to show more interest in reports of acts of corruption in public institutions.

Dominic Nitiwul remarked that as representatives of the people, Members of Parliament (MPs) must build consensus in tackling the issue.

Speaking to Citi News on the motorbike contract for Subah Infosolutions for the street naming exercise, Mr. Nitiwul said MPs must take keen interest in such issues.

He noted that the general public, “is complaining on a daily basis that Parliament is not doing much about it.”

He called for a bi-partisan approach by MPs in addressing the matter; saying, “we don’t want the situation whereby it tends to be NPP [New Patriotic Party], NDC [National Democratic Congress] and we will be playing football with it, no!”

Nitiwul suggested that if four MPs from both sides of the House come together to file a motion, the matter can be discussed and a solution could be found.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) says government had no business awarding Subah Infosolutions a contract in the National Street Naming exercise.

Programmes and Research Officer at the GII, Mary Awelana Addah, told Citi News, the government should not have dealt with Subah, particularly when the company was an I.T company.

“What we all know is that Subah is into IT and for that matter, they did not qualify for the said tendering we are talking about,” she said.

The Ministry of Local Government has been criticized for contracting Subah to purchase motorbikes for the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to undertake the street naming exercise.

Prior to this, Subah had been under investigations for being paid Ghc74 million for an alleged no work done, by the Ghana Revenue Authority.

The committee which was mandated to carry out the investigation has also come under fire as some Civil Society Organizations and some social commentators have described the report as a sham.

But the Ministry has, however, defended its decision to award Subah Infosolutions the contract saying, the company satisfied the requirement and due process was followed to the latter in the award of the contract.