Regional Minister must consult me before any contract is awarded – Bugri Naabu

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The Northern Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu has stated that no contract in the region can be awarded without he and the Regional Secretary of the party knowing about it.

His comments come on the heels of an attack on a local contractor by an alleged NPP vigilante group for reasons that the said contractor is a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

In a telephone conversation with Radio Tamale’s Blessed Eduamoah Dadzie on Wake up Tamale, Mr Naabu alleged that the contract was not properly awarded to the contractor.

According to him, if the tendering process had gone through the “proper channel”, he, as chairman of the NPP would have been consulted.

“I should be in the know before the contract is awarded because if it is at the regional tender board the Regional Minister would have to come and consult me. Without me [there is] no government. It is the party which won the government so the party cannot be working alone without the party. I’m supposed to be in the know, it is automatic,” he said.

He further explained that “it is a government project and if a government project is going to be awarded, the Regional Chairman, the Regional Minister, the Regional Coordinating Director, the Deputy [Regional Minister] and my Regional Secretary should be in the know. If we are not in the know it’s serious.”

When it was pointed out to him that the Director of Urban Roads had confirmed that the contract was duly awarded to the said contractor, Mr Naabu said the director had questions to answer when he (Mr Naabu) returns from Accra.

“Ask the Director of Urban Roads, did he come to me in the house [for] us to talk? Ask him, am I aware of it? Where was the [contract] warded? Was it in Tamale or Accra? …I’m fighting for my party and I will continue fighting for my party. The party people don’t have jobs, right from the constituency level up to the regional executive level. The Urban Roads engineer has questions to when I come,” he warned.

Work has since stalled at the site without any knowledge when the contractor will return to site or when a new contractor would be assigned to execute the project.

By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com/ymashud2010@hotmail.com

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