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Procurement infractions: National Blood Service referred to AG

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament took a decisive step on Tuesday by referring the National Blood Service (NBS) management to the Attorney-General for prosecution. This move comes in response to alleged procurement infractions outlined in the 2022 Auditor-General’s Report.

According to the report, the National Blood Service is accused of engaging in the procurement of goods and services exceeding GH¢130,000 without adhering to proper procurement procedures, including the solicitation of alternative quotations. The seriousness of these infractions, particularly the observed uncompetitive procurement practices, prompted the PAC to escalate the matter to the Attorney-General for legal action.

During the PAC’s public hearing at the Parliament House on Tuesday, Mr. James Klutse Avedzi, the Committee’s Chairman, highlighted the gravity of the infractions and the concerning pattern of uncompetitive procurement at the National Blood Service. He emphasized the failure to follow proper procurement processes, such as seeking a minimum of three invoices or quotations.

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In response to the findings, Mr. Avedzi stated, “For this one, we don’t have any option than to refer you to the Attorney General for prosecution.” He clarified that the Committee’s role was to hold accountable those who breached procurement laws and ensure transparency in public institutions.

The decision to refer the National Blood Service to the Attorney-General reflects the seriousness of the breach and the commitment of the PAC to enforce legal consequences. Mr. Avedzi reiterated that the Committee was fulfilling its mandate, and the referral aimed to ensure that the National Blood Service faced legal consequences for its actions.

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The PAC initiated its public hearing on Monday, January 29, to scrutinize the Auditor-General’s report on the Public Accounts of Ministries, Departments, and other Agencies (MDAs) for the year ending December 31, 2022. The Committee will also assess the Auditor-General’s report on the Public Accounts of public boards, corporations, and other statutory institutions for the same period.

The proceedings are scheduled to conclude on Friday, February 23, 2024.

GNA

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