Minister of State in charge of Public Procurement Sara Adwoa Safo is accusing the previous government of hiding behind sole sourcing to loot the state through dubious contracts running into millions of Ghana cedis.

Addressing a training program for stakeholders in public procurement, she said the procurement policy is the single “most abused policy ever introduced by government” and “we are aware of how the previous government unjustifiably took advantage of sole-sourcing, a method under the law, to loot state money”.

She explained that by the method, several contracts were awarded to cronies and families resulting in “dubiously inflated contract costs for purposes of creating, looting and sharing”.

She maintained that under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, appropriate steps would be implemented to prevent the wanton use of sole-sourcing to award contracts.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome Kwabenya said her office is currently reviewing all contracts under the PPA to advise government whether to proceed with them or abrogate them.

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Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says procurement infractions constitute 90 percent of corruption in the public sector.

He indicated government to strictly enforce provisions in the procurement law to protect the public purse