The Ministry of Roads and Highways has described as surprising, allegations by the former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen Adei that bribes determine who gets to be awarded road contracts.
The Ministry in a statement issued on October 23, explained that processes leading to the award of road contracts are open, transparent, competitive and in accordance with the law.
Prof Adei in an interview bemoaned the issue of corruption in the award of road contracts, and according to him, he has information to the effect that persons seeking road contracts are told: “Road contracts will be given to you, provided you pay 1 million upfront….”
But the Ministry said due to the seriousness of the allegation, it has asked that the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) investigate it.
“Given that the alleged conduct borders on the commission of crime against the Republic, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, has today, 23rd October 2023, requested the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to fully investigate the allegations.,” portions of the statement said.
The Roads Ministry assured that “It shall cooperate fully and support EOCO in the conduct of its investigation.”