The Ministry of Education has been threatened with a suit before the special prosecutor if it fails to retrieve GH¢859,000 within 30 days.
Africa Education Watch (EduWatch), an education Think Tank is considering dragging the Ministry before the Special Prosecutor is it fail to sue TANIT company for a refund on contract sum they failed to execute.
The contract with TANIT was for it to design, develop and deploy digital teacher training content and platform under the GALOP Project by November 2021.
In a press release by EduWatch, they express concerns about the tussle between the Ministry and TANIT Ltd over the said amount, leading to a threat to serve a complaint before the Special Prosecutor.
The Think Tank accused the Ministry of going into an unnecessary arrangement as they deem the contract as one with no value for money.
“The TANIT contract was unnecessary, and only fed into a string of procurement activities under the COVID-19 Resilience Programme of the Ministry of Education with no value for money and spending efficiency, especially when the Ministry claims it eventually leveraged on existing platforms to train the 40,000 teachers for whom this envisioned TANIT platform was meant.”
The statement added “Per our information, TANIT LTD was contracted through a single source procurement activity which is regrettably a norm at the Ministry of Education. While the firm is virtually unknown among leading IT Solutions companies in Ghana, one wonders about the justification for its single-source procurement by the Ministry of Education. The failure of TANIT LTD to deliver is enough indication that the company lacked the capacity to deploy within the five months contracted period. A competitive procurement approach would have provided better options.”
The education Ministry has served notice to TANIT Ltd for a refund of GH¢859,000, an attempt that has met resistance from the company.
Eduwatch in serving a notice of a possible suit the statement said “In lieu of any refund by TANIT LTD or suit by the Ministry of Education within the next 30 days, we [Eduwatch] shall instruct our lawyers to file an official complaint of financial loss at the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
Read below the full statement from Africa Education Watch (EduWatch)