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Wontumi tight-liped on US$45 Million Cocoa Roads Contract

The Ashanti Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has unusually remained tight-lipped over the US$45 million juicy contract awarded him by the COCOBOD to construct roads in some cocoa growing areas in the country.

Documents emanating from the government circles reveal that COCOBOD, gave Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, popularly known as “Chairman Wontumi” the US$45 million contract through his company; Hallmark Civil Engineering (HCE) which was registered some two years ago.

It is unclear, if Hallmark Civil Engineering (HCE), with registration number CS040052018 and has civil and road construction as the nature of its business, went through competitive bidding process to land the job.

But the amount has been described as outrageous, because the roads to be constructed are not asphalt roads, but rather bitumen roads which are less expensive.

Players in the road construction business, have described the deal as a total rip-off of the taxpayer by politicians.

They were of the view that, if the contract was genuinely awarded, it should not have gone beyond US$10million.

Interestingly, information available to The Herald is that, aside from Hallmark Civil Engineering, “Chairman Wontumi” uses two other companies to cream government contracts from the COCOBOD.

His companies are promptly paid bythe management of the board led by Joseph Boahen Aidoo.

It is not clear, how many other NPP regional chairmen are getting such jobs from the Akufo-Addo government.

Per the COCOBOD document, the contract was awarded about three weeks ago; specifically on November 12, 2020.

On the Hallmark Civil Engineering, additional documents from the Registrar General’s Department, strangely shows that the company was only registered in February 2018, and might not have executed a project of this nature before, hence has no track record.

Mr Boasiako, according to the document, is the Managing Director (MD) of Hallmark Civil Engineering. The loud-mouth politician is expected to rehabilitate, upgrade, reconstruct roads in the areas listed in the contract.

The government, said the contract must be executed in 24 months’ time. Hallmark Civil Engineering, will be expected to complete the construction of the Dadieso-Akontombra road (km. 4.00-26. 30) Awaso- Asawnso (BabianiJn) in the Western North Region.

The contract document addressed to Mr Boasiako, read “We are pleased to inform you that Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has approved the awardof contract for the construction Dadieso-Akontombra road (km. 4.00-26. 30)Awaso- Asawnso (Babiani Jn) in the Western North Region to your company”.

It went on to specify the terms and condition of the contract, saying “You are required to sign a contract agreement upon submission of aPerformance Bond Security for Ten percent (10%) of the contract price issued by a reputable Bank or Thirty percent (30%) of the contract price issued by areputable insurance company registered with National Insurance Commission andacceptable by to COCOBOD.

Failure to submit the performance security within Twenty-One (21) days from the date of the letter, shall constitute sufficient grounds for theannulment of the award of contract”.

Directors for Hallmark Civil Engineering are Bernard Antwi-Boasiako and Doris Quainoo with their Tax Identification Numbers given as P0000792810 and P0007705735, respectively.

The company’s secretary details were given as Constance Wiafe with TIN as P0001150243, while the auditor is Eddie Nikoi who is into Accounting Consultancy, with C0002435365 given as his TIN.

More to come!

Source: www.theheraldghana.com

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