HO MUNICIPAL ALLEGATION REJOINDER

1st April, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

RE: Allegations of Corruption against Ho Municipal Chief Executive and other Assembly staff

The attention of the management of the Ho Municipal Assembly has been drawn to a purported press release issued by group calling itself “Concerned Youths and Stakeholders” in Ho alleging some financial and administrative improprieties on the part of the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Fafa Adinyira and some assembly staff.

The said press statement which was published in some sections of the media, particularly online news portals, suggested that, the honourable MCE was engaged in some acts of corruption and arbitrarily awarded contracts to her ‘cronies’ as well as  inflating contract sums, among others.

Below is management response to the allegations raised in the said publication;

Land for New Assembly Complex

The group suggested that, the management of the assembly paid an amount of GHc 87,000 to WISDAF Company to purchase a land for the construction of a new assembly office complex, which the assembly is yet to take custody of, after almost three years.

FACT: Such a transaction took place under the immediate past MCE, Hon. Isaac Kodobissah and the assembly has since been making efforts to take custody of the land or retrieve the amount from WISDAF Company. Currently lawyers of the assembly are handling the issue and they are on the heels of the company owners to fulfil their part of the bargain.

Purchase of New Refuse Containers

Another malicious claim by the faceless group was that, the assembly purchased 50 skip containers from Zoomlion Ghana Ltd at an inflated cost of Ghc 10,000 per container instead of GHc 5,000 per one.

FACT: The Ho Municipal Assembly never bought 50 skip containers from Zoomlion, instead, the assembly through a competitive tender process requested for 30 12m3 skip containers and one hundred 240litre bins (household bins), which was supplied by Terrywhite Company Ltd, at a total cost of GHc 281,000. The unit cost of a skip container was GHc 7,000 and that of the 240litre bin was Ghc 600. This was dully advertised in the 2nd July, 2014 edition of the Ghanaian Times newspaper.

Award of contracts to Management Staff

One other allegation levelled against the assembly is the awarding of contracts to its staff and purported ‘cronies’ of the MCE. They cited the printing of calendars for the assembly, which according to them was given to the Human Resource Officer, Mr. Stephen Kumi. Same was said of the Municipal Planning Officer; Mr. Cornelius Fugah who they claimed was awarded the contract for the renovation of the assembly hall and bought furniture and air conditioners at the cost of Ghc 40,000.

FACT: The contract for the printing of calendars for the assembly was done by Diamond Step Ventures, accompany owned by a lady based in Ho. She supplied 450 copies of the calendar at a total cost of GHc 8,325.

With regards to the renovation of the assembly hall, Primbo Engineering Company executed the project including the supply of air conditioners. Bosatsu Ventures also supplied 20 executive chairs and a conference table to furnish the hall.  Moreover, document available to the assembly do not contain the name of any assembly staff as an owner or director of the above companies. 

Sanitation Contract with XATI & FEELIX Company Ltd

As part of measures to effectively manage waste in the municipality, the assembly on April 1, 2015 entered into a service agreement with another waste management company, XATI & FEELIX Company Ltd, an indigenous company to collect domestic waste. This is in line best practices elsewhere, including the Accra Metropolis. The contract was on a one year pilot basis, subject to review and renewal.

Contrary to claims by the group, “Concerned Youths and Stakeholders” that the honourable MCE owns a 70 percent shares in the waste management company, the assembly would like to state that per document available, XATI & FEELIX Company Ltd is solely owned by young university graduates from the municipality.

New Public Toilet at the Ho Central Market

Other allegations contained the said press statement, suggested that a contract was awarded the Green Volta Company, owned by the Ho central NDC constituency vice chairman, Franklin Gedzia to build a public toilet facility at the Central market on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis for a period of 25 years.

FACT:  The assembly is considering putting up a new toilet facility at the central market after the Food and Drugs Authority raised health concerns about the existing facility. However, individuals and companies, including the Green Volta Company have brought in proposals for consideration and as of now, the assembly has not awarded any such contract to the Green Volta Company or any other entity.

GUMP Project

The Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP) is an initiative of the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLRD) with funding from the French government. Three metropolitan assemblies, Kumasi, Tamale and Sekondi/Takoradi in addition to the Ho Municipal Assembly are benefiting from the 40.2 million Euros project.

The various projects under the GUMPP are directly supervised by the GUMPP secretariat at the MLRD in Accra. The Ho Municipal Assembly and other beneficiary assemblies are not directly involved in the execution of the projects. The selection of contractors and disbursement of funds for the execution of the projects is done by the French Agency for International Development (AFD) in conjunction with the secretariat in Accra.

With regards specific projects raised by the group, such as the extension of electricity to the Engineered landfill site at Akrofu, the assembly as part of its counterpart funding of the project, is extending electricity to both the landfill site and the abbatoir at Sokode through the Urban Development Grant (UDG).

However, the central market redevelopment project is progressing steadily and the contractors are still within the stipulated timeline to complete the projects by the middle of this year.

Conclusion

The assembly also noticed with much disgust, claims by the group that, since the assumption of office by the honourable MCE, the Assembly never advertised either in the daily newspapers or on its notice board any bid for contracts and that Mrs Adinyira handpicked and sole sourced certain unprofessional individuals some of whom were management staff of the Assembly, with the view of “milking” the Assembly.

For the records, management of the Ho Municipal Assembly has always operated within the confines of the procurement law and other legislations when awarding contracts for the provision of goods and services. For instance, the assembly at various points in 2015 alone, advertised in the two major national newspapers inviting tenders from companies for the provision of various goods and services. References can be made to the October 21, 2015 edition of the Daily Graphic newspaper, September 4 and 18, 2015 editions of the Ghanaian Times newspaper.

It is therefore obvious that the claims made by the faceless group of persons in their press statement, was nothing but palpable falsehood aimed at tarnishing the image and the reputation of the honourable Municipal Chief Executive and the assembly.

The Ho Municipal Assembly wants to use this opportunity to encourage all well meaning stakeholders that its doors are open for anyone who wants to seek clarifications about any activity of the assembly.

Thank you

Signed                                                           

Mr. Jones Faniyi

Municipal Coordinating Director

Hon. Fafa Adinyira

Municipal Chief Executive

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