June 15, 2024 7:36 am

Minority to summon Transport Minister over inconsistencies in cost of Christmas trees at KIA

The Minority in Parliament is planning to file an urgent question for the attention of the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, to inquire about the procurement process used to acquire Christmas trees and other inspirations at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

According to Adaklu MP, Governs Kwame Agbodza, there are inconsistencies surrounding the procurement process of the yuletide ornaments.

Already, the Board Chairman of the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Paul Adom-Otchere, revealed the said purchases amounted to GH¢34,000.

He further refuted claims that the Company bought four Christmas trees at GH¢84,000 during Christmas.

But the lawmaker insists the procurement must be probed.

A Facebook user had alleged that the Company bought the trees at GH¢84,000 but did not pay workers’ salaries on time in December 2021.
However, Mr Adom-Otchere, in a response also on Facebook, said the claims are untrue.

The Host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV insisted the Company instead bought the trees at GH¢34,000 and at a “heavy discount”.

“The beautiful Christmas tree standing at Terminal 3 and 3 others altogether cost GH¢34,000, which was graciously provided by Jandel Limited at a heavy discount. (We thank Jandel Limited)”.

“The other inspirations were provided by Favors and Arts for a total cost of ¢84,000 out of which ¢50,000 was obtained via sponsorship.”

Mr Adom-Otchere also rejected claims that the staff of the Company haven’t been paid their December salaries.

“All salaries and or bonuses due staff for December [2021] have been paid.”
He also said claims that invoices for the trees were issued in his name are untrue, adding that such allegations are spurious.

“It is ridiculous for anyone to say that the invoices from these two reputable companies were issued in the name of the Board Chairman; that just means the author of such spurious allegations has insufficient acquaintance with corporate workings.”

Source: Myjoyonline

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