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15.12.2005 Regional News

Volta Regional Tender Review Board inaugurated

By GNA
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Ho, Dec.15, GNA - Mr Kofi Dzamesi, Volta Regional Minister on Thursday inaugurated the region's Tender Review Board (RTRB) at Ho. The Board is mandated by law to review any particular procurement activity at each stage of the procurement circle leading to the selection of the lowest evaluated bid, best offer by procurement entity in order to ensure compliance with provisions of the Procurement Act. It is empowered to give approval or otherwise to enable the procurement entity continue with the procurement process, furnish the Procurement Board reports in a prescribed format and participate in Public Procurement forums and review decisions of heads of entities in respect of a complaint.

The Board has Mr Victor Danku, an Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Procurement expert as Chairman and includes the Regional Co-ordinating Director, representatives of the Ministries of Justice and Local Government and Rural Development and a resident from the region. Other ex-officio members were, the Regional Directors of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), and Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA). Mr Dzamesi exhorted the members to understand the Public Procurement Act 2003 (Act 663) to be able to apply it effectively in the discharge of their duties. He observed that implementation of the Act would not be smooth sailing as there would be difficulties of interpretation on some ambiguities in the law.

Mr Danku gave the assurance that the Board would be professional and honest in the performance of its duties. "If it is right, it is right, if he is capable he is capable," in reference to clients. He said the Board would produce results for the region to stand out clearly and everything would be done in the best interest of the region. Mr Danku said if the Board would have to adjudicate over a complaint, it would do so based strictly on the documentation that would be tendered before it but not the personalities involved. He said as professionals, members of the Board would work to protect their professional images.

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