$1m Kroll payment: Senior Minister replies Auditor General

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The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo has responded to claims by the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, that he led the government to pay a private firm, Kroll and Associates, $1million for no work done.

In a letter addressed to the Auditor General, Mr. Osafo-Maafo sought to set the record straight on the matter involving the private firm.

He said approval for request for single source procurement of professional services was obtained contrary to claims by the Auditor General that he failed to seek approval from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

On the accusation that the Senior Minister through the Finance Ministry made full payment of more than GH¢1 million to Kroll and Associates with no proof of work done, Mr. Osafo-Maafo in his response letter dated October 8, 2019 said: “Proofs of work done by Kroll and Associates are contained in their respective reports submitted to the Office of the Senior Minister, COCOBOD, Bank of Ghana and Economic and Organized Crime Office(EOCO)”.

“The consultancy services with Kroll is ongoing and expected to continue for a period of four years”.

The letter to the Auditor General also revealed that “one of Kroll’s reports for work done was in respect of LITHOvit agro-chemicals supplied by Seidu Agongo to COCOBOD for USD106,541,589.82 which is now the subject of a case in the High Court…. The work done by Kroll in this case included Bank Analysis and Supplier Overview which disclosed that 90% of the revenue Seidu Agongo earned from COCOBOD was from agro-chemicals sales amounting to USD 106,541,589.82 which has turned out to be worthless.”

Mr. Osafo-Maafo also stated that Kroll is still conducting investigations into several other cases for the Government of Ghana.

The firm is also assisting in asset recoveries and prosecution.


Source: 3news.com



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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