Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah has told the Public Accounts Committee that his office will not pay the supposed consultancy fee of $525,000 to RICS Consult for the preparation of Ghana’s bid documents for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
According to the Auditor General’s Report, RICS Consult belonging to Rex Danquah was sole sourced for the preparation of the document.
The report stated that sole sourcing such a contract was in violation of Section 40 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) which requires procurement entities to seek approval from the Public Procurement Authority before they engage in single source procurement, and should have also signed an official document.
“Since there is no existing contract between the Ministry and RICS Consult which my accountant has testified, then there is no way we are going to pay the said amount.
“For all we know, we are have already settled $125,000 and that is all we are going to pay,” Asiamah told the committee Tuesday.
Ghana failed in its bid to host the tournament which was won by Gabon.