Deputy Information Minister, Pious Enam Hadzide

Deputy Information Minister, Pious Enam Hadzide, has dismissed media reports of missing money meant for procurement at the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) under the Ministry of Communication.

According to the Deputy Minister, media reports do not reflect the reality on the ground.

“There are issues of missing money at GIFEC, they made arrangements to procure solar panel powered laptops which you need to pre-order but the contractors did not meet the deadline. So the money is not missing,” he said.

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Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show, Mr Hadzide said there has only been a delay in delivery.

 “We have received documents from the contractors who have assured they will deliver in no time so nothing untoward has happened at GIFEC,” he assured.

The Herald Newspaper on Wednesday reported its investigations had unearthed procurement breaches and conflict of interest situations at GIFEC, leading to the loss of a whopping amount of GH¢1, 170,000.00, paid to some four companies for no work done.

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According to the Herald report, the companies, Energonex Limited, Prudmen Company Limited and Power World Limited, were to supply some 2,000 Wewi brand solar laptops at a cost of GH¢4 million.

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Source: | Gertrude Otchere