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Procurement of ambulances was approved by Parliament and Cabinet, says Jakpa.

Written by on July 2, 2024

Richard Jakpa, the third defendant in the ongoing ambulance procurement trial, reassured the court that the procurement processes and specifications for the ambulances were sanctioned by both the Cabinet and Parliament.

This reassurance came in response to a legal challenge initiated by Attorney-General Godfred Yeboah Dame on July 2, who raised questions about the integrity and transparency of the procurement procedures.

Mr. Jakpa emphasized that the approval process underwent thorough scrutiny at various levels, ensuring that the ambulances adhered to all required standards and specifications. He underscored that both the Cabinet and Parliament conducted exhaustive evaluations, including cost assessments and technical reviews, before giving their final approval.

He emphasized that this rigorous process was intended to secure the best value for public funds and ensure the highest quality of service delivery in the health sector.

Attorney-General Mr. Dame initiated the prosecution of this case, expressing concerns about potential irregularities in the procurement process and alleged financial loss to the state.

The AG pointed out discrepancies in the pricing and quality of the ambulances, suggesting possible oversights in due diligence.

During the court proceedings, Mr. Jakpa presented detailed documentation to support his assertions, including meeting minutes, evaluation reports, and correspondence among relevant government entities.

He argued that the evidence demonstrated the government’s dedication to transparency and accountability in the procurement of ambulances.

Mr. Jakpa further assured the court that the entire process adhered to national procurement laws and international best practices.

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