President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has described as baseless, President Akufo-Addo's touting of his government's reduced reliance on sole-sourcing during his State of the Nation Address.
President Akufo Addo revealed that within his government's first year, about 782 million cedis had been saved from sole sourcing and restricted tendering processes.
Mr Franklin Cudjoe has however argued that the procurement process is not transparent enough for the citizenry. , He said, "The comparison between the NDC and the NPP in terms of procurement figures has no basis because we are still experiencing quite a high number of sole-sourced goods this year. Even if there was 90% approval for sole sourcing under the NDC and we now have 60% approval under the NPP, there is still no basis because we don't get to see exactly what is being procured as the process is not transparent."
Meanwhile, the Public relations officer of the Ministry in charge of public procurements, Solomon Sasu Mensah has said that the President was right in comparing undertakings in the procurement processes in his first year in Office to that of the previous administration.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo followed the laid down principles as well as his mandate to inform the citizenry of government's up to date procurement processes and its effects on the economy.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in January 2018, first revealed that his government had saved about GHc 782 million from sole sourcing and restricted tendering processes within its first year in government.
Speaking to the media, he noted that this was in sharp contrast to the zero savings made from sole sourcing in 2016 under the National Democratic Congress.
The drop in sole-sourced contracts is noted to be 37 percent from 2016.
He stressed during his State of the Nation address, where he outlined that 394 sole sourcing requests were made in 2017, out of which 223, representing 56.6 percent, were approved, and 171, representing 43.4 percent, were rejected.