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PPA launches database portal to win back public confidence

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The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has launched a new Public Procurement Database Registration Portal to ensure higher level of information, publicity and transparency on public procurement issues to address concerns of the supplier eligibility in Ghana’s public procurement system.

This is to win back public confidence in the procurement process.
In view of this, all suppliers, contractors and consultants interested in government tenders must, as a matter of law, register with valid documents as per supplier qualification requirements of Section 22 of Act 663 as amended.

The registration could be done on the newly-developed Centralised Supplier Registration Portal available on www.ppaghana.org at an initial registration fee of GH¢300 and $200 for local and foreign firms respectively, using any of the electronic payment systems and an annual renewal of GH?100 and $100.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PPA, Agyenim Boateng Adjei, noted that there have been other initiatives used by Authority to award contracts.
But, he explained that this database initiative is a unique one which every supplier has to go through before securing government contracts.

In an interview with The Finder, he said “this initiative is unique because it will win public confidence on how government businesses are awarded to suppliers”.

He said the process would bring about a number of benefits, such as procuring entities having the necessary assurances that these service providers enlisted on the PPA database were credible and worthy of transacting business with government, especially when they would have to rely on this database for the selection of service providers for Single Source, Restricted Tendering and Request for Quotations procurement methods or even other procurement procedures, such as Framework Agreements.

Another benefit, he said, is that suppliers will be relieved of the burden of multiple registrations at various procuring entities, which eventually increases their cost of doing business.

Mr Adjei said companies would be issued with certificates after successful registration, adding that companies which do not register with the PPA’s Centralised Database would not be considered eligible in Ghana’s Public Procurement Process.

The idea behind the Central Supplier Database is to centralise supplier’s data to simplify government’s procurement processes.

Mr Adjei noted that the supplier registration process would serve as a strategic initiative to prepare the nation for the soon-to-be-rolled Electronic Government Procurement System.

He lauded the National Investment Bank (NIB) for believing in the Public Procurement Database Registration initiative and for offering to develop the portal at no cost to the Authority.

“It is our hope that all well-meaning Ghanaians will support this initiative and ensure its effective implementation in the country. Remember, “No Registration, No Government Contract,” he stressed.

Mr Adjei said the PPA had zonal offices in Kumasi and Takoradi and that plans were underway to open new ones by the close of the year in Tamale to cater for the three northern regions and in Ho to cater for the Volta and Eastern Regions.

According to the Chief Executive Officer, “all documentations will go through a rigorous vetting process for verification and validation to establish their credibility to engage in government tenders and executive contracts.”

Professor Douglas Boateng, PPA Board Chairman, who officially launched the portal, said it would offer companies a lot of opportunities to do business with government.

He said it would also help the government to know better those with whom it was conducting business.

An insight was provided at the press conference on the development and some policy interventions that the PPA has developed to enhance the process of validating supplier eligibility for government contracts.

Section 22 of Act 663 as amended expect tendering firms to have directors and officers who have not been convicted of any criminal offence relating to the professional conducts, false statement or misrepresentation to their qualification to enter into a procurement contracts.

Some requirements attached to the application that will qualify the supplier for government contracts, include business registration certificate, valid Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate, valid Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) registration certificate, Ministry of Works and Housing certificate, Labour Certificate (where applicable) and Ministry of Roads and Highways certificate.

The introduction of this database will enhance the credibility and worthiness of suppliers in transacting business with the government as well as relieve suppliers of multiple registrations that come at increased cost.
Additionally, suppliers will receive push notification of tender notices in their area of businesses.

These are some benefits that suppliers will enjoy when they embrace this initiative.

The Deputy Managing Director of National Investment Bank (NIB), Alfred George Kojo Thompson, said NIB competed for the contract with four other banks and emerged winners and developed the database at no cost.

He also disclosed that NIB has developed a similar database for Ghana Water Company Limited, Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), to mention but few.

He said plans were also in the pipeline for the construction of such projects for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Tema Development Corporation (TDC).

 

Source: thefinderonline.com

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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on

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The late Alex Ofori was a former Ghanaian National Dance Champion

•The late Alex Ofori was a choreographer and a fashion model

• He became much popular after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988

• The late dancer has been eulogized by popular Ghanaian media personality, Mr. Kwasi Kyei Darkwa

Former Ghanaian National Dance Champion, Alex Ofori, has reportedly passed on.

The late Alex Ofori who shot to fame after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988, has worked with the likes of Slim Buster, who won the championship in 1987, Ebenezer Ako Nai who also won in 1987, Terry Ofosu Bright, aka Sir Robot who won in 1989 and Reggie Rockstone among others.

Announcing his demise on Facebook on June 16, 2021, veteran broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) stated that the dance champion brought so much excitement and joy to Ghanaians whenever he got on a stage or dance floor.

He also eulogized him paving the way for new dance talents the country currently possesses.

“Rest in peace ALEX OFORI, Former National Dance Champion- Great Embassy Double Do, Dancer-Choreographer & Fashion Model. You brought so much excitement & joy to our motherland wherever you got on a stage or dance floor. With the likes of World Dance Champion Adjetey Sowah, unique breakdancer Reginald Osei aka Reggie Rockstone, Show dancers Firekiller, Como Basto, Carlos Alberto, Tee Pee & many enthusiastic young talents of the 80s & 90s, you helped turn what was your passion into a mainstay of live shows & television entertainment. Today, those talents you shared with the world just for fun, your labor of love has become a popular profession.”

“You & your colleagues paved the way for the talent we enjoy in dance choreography at national events & in numerous music videos. Life: How unpredictable you are. & how fragile we are,” he wrote on Facebook.

It can be recalled that the late Alex Ofori once represented Ghana at the World Dance Championship series at the London Hippodrome.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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VIDEO: Kennedy Agyapong celebrates 61st birthday in Dubai with his 16 daughters

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Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong celebrating his birthday with wife and children

• The Assin Central MP was swamped by his beautiful daughters at his 61st birthday party in Dubai

• Kennedy Agyapong turned 61 on June 16, 2021

• The lawmaker received and unwrapped some expensive gifts from his children

Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, joined his daughters in Dubai to celebrate his 61st birthday on June 16, 2021.

In a video making rounds on social media, the outspoken lawmaker was captured in a plush restaurant, swamped by his beautiful daughters and wife.

With the exception of Arnell, who is alleged to have been ‘disowned’ by Mr. Agyapong, the rest of his 16 beautiful daughters were seen seated at a dinner table with their father having a nice time.

Beaming with smiles, Mr. Agyapong one-by-one unwrapped the gifts presented to him by his children.

The all-white birthday party was climaxed with a kiss from his wife.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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One shot as sand winners clash with Okyeman taskforce at Adeiso

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Sand winners and Taskforce clash in Adeiso

One person has been shot in a clash between the Okyeman Environmental Protection task force and sand winners at Adeiso in the West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region.

The task force stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, arrested and handcuffed one Osae Kwame, a sand winner and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but were pursued by the youth who rescued him.

Later the taskforce members attacked Summertide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot one other.

Armed police responded to the distress calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signalled by Police.

They were given a hot chase but to no avail.

Information spread through the Communities leading to the youth mounting roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.

The angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

Due to the tension, Adeiso District Police command called on the Divisional Command for reinforcement to contain the situation.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartilages.

The five (5 ) suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police enquiry bail.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident.

He said the Regional Police Command has dispatched a team to the troubled area to help resolve the matter to restore calm.

Okyeman Environmental Protection Taskforce was formed over a decade ago to fight against illegal mining, illegal sand winning and illegal chainsawing.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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