10:43, 18.May 2016
Nana Konadu Ageman-Rawlings, flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has told politicians to stop bribing the Ghanaian media to remain silent on issues of concern.
According to her, there was the need for a vibrant media to speak about happenings in the country where “we are deeply steeped in corruption”.
Speaking on Radio Ghana on the night of Tuesday May 17, Mrs Rawlings, who is wife of the founder of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings, said: “…We should also stop bribing everybody for them to keep quiet about issues that are happening. We are supposed to have a vibrant media. If the media in general does not see anything wrong with what is happening in this country, where we are deeply steeped in corruption and the country seems to be sinking and yet not much is being said, we ask ourselves: ‘What is happening?’” she said.
Mrs Rawlings also expressed concerns about the tendency to resort to sole-sourcing in the award of government contracts.
According to her, sole-sourcing had become an avenue for corruption, hence, asked the government to put an end to sole-sourcing contracts in order to tackle rising corruption in Ghana.
“One major thing that I will say is that they should stop the sole-sourcing for projects. That will cut back on governmental corruption to a large extent,” she urged.
The former first lady is not the first person to raise concerns over the preference for sole-sourcing in the award of contracts by government officials.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) also raised similar concerns not too long ago, arguing that sole-sourcing was the root cause of corruption in the country.
According to the Chairman of the PAC, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, companies contracted through sole-sourcing to make procurement under public private partnerships had been those indicted for various corrupt acts.
A number of public institutions, including the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) have been hit with corruption scandals. In both cases, monies were paid to a number of companies who were awarded these contracts through sole-sourcing for no work done.