Claims made by Prof. Stephen Adei, the former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), that road contracts are allocated based on bribery have been deemed shocking by the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
In a statement released on October 23, the Ministry clarified that the procedures used in the awarding of road contracts are legal, competitive, open, and transparent.
Prof Adei in an interview bemoaned the issue of corruption in the award of road contracts, and according to him, he has information to the effect that persons seeking road contracts are told: “Road contracts will be given to you, provided you pay 1 million upfront….”
However, the Ministry stated that it has requested that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) look into the claim because of how serious it is.
“Given that the alleged conduct borders on the commission of crime against the Republic, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, has today, 23rd October 2023, requested the Executive Director of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to fully investigate the allegations.,” portions of the statement said.
The Roads Ministry assured that “It shall cooperate fully and support EOCO in the conduct of its investigation.”