• Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

Contract 4 Sale: Former PPA boss slap with 17 corruption related charges

Adjenim Boateng Adjei was charged alongside his brother-in-law, Francis Kwaku Arhin, who was also charged with one count of profiting from public service.
In a press release dated May 18, 2022, the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, indicated that the two will be arraigned before the High Court in Accra, Criminal Division on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Following the airing of allegations made against him in a publication by freelance writer Manasseh Azure Awuni titled “Contracts for Sale,” President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dismissed Adjenim Boateng Adjei from office on August 22, 2019.

President Akufo-Addo then forwarded the charges of conflict of interest to the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and the allegations of potential corruption to the Office of Special Prosecutor.

Adjei was fired from his position on October 31, 2019, based on the CHRAJ report’s recommendations.
Adjei’s accounts since taking office in 2017 totaled GH14.8 million, according to the CHRAJ investigation, with four Dollar and Euro accounts held at two institutions.
Adjei could not explain the source of the enormous amounts of excess wealth that went through his bank accounts between March 2017 and August 2019, according to CHRAJ.

CHRAJ found Adjei guilty of conflict of interest in the discharge of his duties after he circumvented procurement rules for personal advantage.

The Special Prosecutor’s facts for the 17 charges


Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo forwarded allegations of corruption against Adjenim Boateng Adjei to the Office of the Special Prosecutor in a letter signed by the Secretary to the President.
The referral stemmed from and was based on an audiovisual documentary titled Contracts for Sale, which was produced by Manasseh Azure Awuni and broadcast by the Multimedia Group.
The evidence will prove that Adjei was the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority at all material times, according to the Special Prosecutor (PPA).

According to the Special Prosecutor, Adjei and his brother-in-law, Arhin, formed Talent Discovery Limited in Ghana as a business limited by shares on June 19, 2017, three months after Adjei was named Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority.
Adjei was the majority shareholder and a director of Talent Discovery Limited at all material periods, while Arhin was the minority stakeholder, a director, and the Chief Executive Officer.

Adjei and Arhin used Talent Discovery Limited as a sure bet for winning public contracts in a deceptive and illegal scheme in which the former used his position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority to improperly influence the outcome of the procurement process in the company’s favor, and the latter ran the company’s affairs until the form’s retirement.
During Adjei’s time as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority, Talent Discovery Limited participated in a number of restricted tenders for public works contracts awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Special Development Initiatives, Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development, and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.
Adjei, as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority, oversaw the procurement process for tenders in which Talent Discovery Limited was shortlisted; and he actively participated in the decision-making process that led to the selection of Talent Discovery Limited as the contractor in nine of the tenders, despite his interest as the majority shareholder and a director of the company.

According to the Special Prosecutor, in one case, Adjei, in his capacity as the implementer of the decisions of the Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority, unlawfully amended the Board’s decision in favor of Talent Discovery Limited.

According to the Special Prosecutor, Arhin participated in the illegal scheme alongside Adjei.
“The First and Second Accused profited financially by abusing public office and influencing the public procurement procedure in order to gain an unfair advantage. Indeed, the First Accused, in particular, collected enormous sums of money in his bank accounts in a relatively short period of time “According to the Special Prosecutor.

Adjei and Arhin were charged with the offenses listed on the charge sheet after an inquiry.

COUNT ONE 

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).  

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the construction of a concrete dam at Santa Maria in the Greater Accra Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT TWO

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for channel improvement works at Akatsi in the Volta Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT THREE

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the renovation of Bungalow No. C41 at Roman Ridge in the Greater Accra Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT FOUR

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the renovation of Bungalow No. 3A at Airport Residential Area in the Greater Accra Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, a company in which you held the majority shares and held the position of director at all material times, and thereby obtaining a pecuniary benefit.

COUNT FIVE

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Education for the construction of a dormitory block at Collins Senior High School in the Asante Akyem North District in the Ashanti Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT SIX

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Education for the construction of a twelve-seater toilet at Tuobodom Senior High Technical School in the Techiman North District in the Bono Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT SEVEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives for the construction of four (4) dams/dug-outs in the Binduri Constituency in the Northern Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT EIGHT

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, corruptly abused the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of a public works contract awarded by Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority for the supply and installation of a Mobile Column Lift for the Takoradi Port in the Western Region through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited, and thereby obtaining a corrupt pecuniary benefit.

COUNT NINE

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

USING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PROFIT, contrary to section 179C(b) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

FRANCIS KWAKU ARHIN, 50 years, between circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, while not being a holder of a public office, acted in collaboration with your brother-in-law, Adjenim Boateng Adjei, who was holding a public office, viz the Chief Executive Officer of Public Procurement Authority and a member of the Governing Board of Public Procurement Authority, for the said Adjenim Boateng Adjei to corruptly abuse the office for private profit and benefit by improperly and unlawfully influencing the outcome of the public procurement process by conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process in respect of the award of public works contracts through restricted tendering unfairly in favour of Talent Discovery Limited, a company in which you held the minority shares and held the position of Director and Chief Executive Officer at all material times, which you incorporated with the said Adjenim Boateng Adjei circa June 2017 for the said purpose, and thereby obtaining a pecuniary benefit.      

COUNT TEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the construction of a concrete dam at Santa Maria in the Greater Accra Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT ELEVEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for channel improvement works at Akatsi in the Volta Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT TWELVE

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the renovation of Bungalow No. C41 at Roman Ridge in the Greater Accra Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT THIRTEEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully actively conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Works and Housing for the renovation of Bungalow No. 3A at Airport Residential Area in the Greater Accra Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT FOURTEEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Education for the construction of a dormitory block at Collins Senior High School in the Asante Akyem North District in the Ashanti Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT FIFTEEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Education for the construction of a twelve-seater toilet at Tuobodom Senior High Technical School in the Techiman North District in the Bono Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT SIXTEEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives for the construction of four (4) dams/dug-outs in the Binduri Constituency in the Northern Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT SEVENTEEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority for the supply and installation of a Mobile Column Lift for the Takoradi Port in the Western Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

COUNT EIGHTEEN

STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY INFLUENCING THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS TO OBTAIN AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THE AWARD OF A PROCUREMENT CONTRACT, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663). 

PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

ADJENIM BOATENG ADJEI, 63 years,  circa June 2017 and circa August 2019 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region and within the jurisdiction of this Court, employed your position as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Public Procurement Authority to directly and indirectly influence the procurement process by improperly and unlawfully conducting the procurement process and actively participating in the decision making process and altering the decision of the Governing Board of the Public Procurement Authority and thereby obtaining an unfair advantage in respect of a public works contract awarded by the Ministry of Education for the construction of a dormitory block at Savelugu Senior High School in the Savelugu-Nanton Municipality in the Northern Region through restricted tendering to Talent Discovery Limited, without disclosing your interest as the majority shareholder and a Director of Talent Discovery Limited.

Dated at the Office of the Special Prosecutor, 6 Haile Selassie Avenue, South Ridge, Accra this Eighteenth day of May 2022. 

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