Mr. Speaker, when six
sub-station tenders are made, at least we need six transformers, the qualification was neutral earthing resistance, number outside supplier's country, 50; total supplies ever made, 100. That is six sub- stations, the qualification was 50 outside your country and 100 ever made.
When their favourite company did not win and they bid the next sub-station, the qualification, number outside supplier's country, 150; total 300. If you are serious about corruption, do not attack politicians, let us go to our institutions. That is the basis of my argument.
Mr. Speaker, I promise that I am going to collaborate with the Deputy Energy Minister if he has the temerity to support that we would have to investigate ECG.
Before I end, I am going to give a
categorical example. Switching stations were competitively bidded and the company that bids the lowest, that is always favoured by ECG bid $4.9 million, and I am telling him six months after that contract other twelve companies that were there all bid around $6 million and they gave it to this company. Six months before, they even supplied one thing, they had come in for a variation of $1 million, that $35.9 and there are still variations we are talking about.
That is why for you and I, if you go and sweat as a Minister and you find so much money for ECG it should not end there. Unfortunately, only one department in ECG is responsible for tenders, they bring out the tender documents, they do the evaluations, they do the award contracts and before companies know, they have been disqualified, this thing has been sent to the World Bank for what; they call - no objection. By the time even the Managing Director is aware, the tender is already gone.
As we speak, there is a tender that is going on in ECG that the ex-Managing Director when his attention was brought to some of these nebulous and fraudulent practices within his Directorate of Engineering, he called a meeting and he nearly reprimanded some of them and asked that they go and change such
fraudulent manipulation of bids under World Bank tenders.
What has happened when those who were in charge of this mismanagement and incompetence have been made acting Managing Directors? Within six months, they have brought their henchmen who are exhibiting as Directors of Engineering. What have they done, they have just gone last week to cancel again what the previous Minister had seen that was wrong. That is what me and you should collaborate on. The money that you find for ECG does not belong to ECG.
The loan that we approve here, it is Ghana Government that is going to pay. If we do not take particular chance of our institutions and find a way by our Standing Orders to bring them here to account, we make a mockery of Ministers and that does not help Ghana. ECG is fraudulent. How can a person in acting capacity, the first thing he does is to do management changes and it is six months for him to go on retirement?
That is why the country is suffering. ECG is nearly bankrupt and it has been bankrupted only by one department which I call the Planning Department. It is not true the Government of NDC and NPP have not invested massively in ECG, they have, but the so-called desktop engineers are to blame.
Mr. Speaker, my last one. In Adenta
and Madina they came out with a tender that is called High Voltage Distribution System. This High Voltage Distribution System is so good that you have to calculate the number of people, small transformers they put on the poles, the number of people who are served from that so that -- the bidding and everything is correct.