Ms Adwoa Sarfo, Minister of State responsible for Public Procurement has directed that all queries emanating from government contracts should be referred to her office for legal advice.
This, the Minister said, would prevent any ‘unnecessary’ legal battle between government and contractors that could culminate in ‘needless and avoidable’ payment of judgement debts.
A statement issued and signed by the Minister on Monday and made available to the Ghana News Agency, observed with grave concern, recent media publications regarding the abrogation of Government Contracts by some MMDA’s and MDAs.
The statement said though the Minister had no doubts about the competence of heads of entities to make a judgement rightness of a contract, it was however important to seek legal and expert advice before the decision was taken to abrogate a contract.
Thus, she has, therefore, advised all heads of entities within the MMDAS and MDAS to refer all such questionable contracts to her office for investigations, expert legal advice and recommendations.
“That move will prevent any unnecessary legal battles between government and contractors which could spark needless and avoidable payment of judgement debts.” She said in the statement.