The Tamale High court 2 is expected to begin hearing of the corruption-related case involving four officials of the Northern Development Authority charged by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) today, January, 31, 2023.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) charged the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), Mr. Sumaila Abdul-Rahman and his two deputies, Stephen Yir-eru Engmen in Charge of Operations, and Mr. Patrick Seidu, the Deputy Chief Executive (Finance & Administration) for alleged corruption.
Also charged with the three persons above is Mr. Andrew Kuundaari, Chief Executive of A&QS Consortium Limited, a private consultancy firm.
The four are charged with conspiracy to directly or indirectly influence the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of a procurement contract.
The Special Prosecutor began investigations into the alleged corrupt dealing between the NDA and A&QS after private legal practitioner, Mr Martin Luther Kpebu, requested an investigation into the operations of NDA and the actions of its Chief Executive and Board Chairman.
The complaint alleged that NDA awarded a contract to A&QS Consortium Limited (hereafter, A&QS) on 28 January 2020 for consultancy services for the supervision of some constituencies in the Upper West Region under the IPEP for the contract sum of Five Million Seven Hundred and Twenty Thousand cedis (GH¢5,720,000.00).
This will be first court appearance of the four suspects after they were charged by the Special Prosecutor
Special Prosecutor charges NDA CEO, deputies over corruption scandal