The Herald has cited the name of one Sarah Mary Olufemi Adetola said to be the wife of Secretary to the President of Ghana, Nana Asante Bediatuo in the multimillion dollar supply of the mathematical set contract which former Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh and his onetime Deputy Dr. Yaw Osei Adutum were grilled on by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, last week.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Bluegrass Group Ltd, Kwadwo Darko-Mensah alias Onasis has been arrested by officials of the National Investigations Bureaus (NIB) formerly Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to assist in an ongoing investigation.
Be that as it may, The Herald’s investigations into the matter is beginning to uncover some interesting information which recommend Mathew Opoku Prempeh has a great deal to cover up on those to whom the contract was granted and what caused the postponement.
The Herald is informed that NIB had stormed the home of Onasis on the claim of searching weapons and picked him away on that claim, however, his interrogation had been on the mathematical sets supply contract in which Sarah Mary Olufemi Adetola the wife of Nana Asante Bediatuo had been named.
So serious is the revelation that Mathew Opoku Prempeh who has been nominated to be Minister of Energy, could be cited for perjury by the Appointment Committee over the mathematical sets supply contract because he did not speak the truth. His claim that the company has provided the mathematical sets has additionally been disputed by insiders at NIB who say, what has been provided is simply around half.
The capture of the businessman, Mr. Darko-Mensah, a known supporter of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), on the claim of assisting in investigation over an intense matter, The Herald gained from profoundly positioned sources within the NIB, to be a trick by an influential individual at the Presidency to cover up the genuine story behind supply contract.
Mr. Darko-Mensah Onasis is the Local Agent of an international company, Cornfield Group Ltd which was mandated in 2019 to convey a total of 800 and 53 thousand (853,000) bits of mathematical sets at an expense of ?75 for every unit by the Ministry of Education in September 2019 which was neither conveyed on schedule or in full.
The 853,000 mathematical sets were supposed to be given to students for the 2020 WASSCE. Because of this WASSCE timeline, the contract was treated as “urgent” and sole-sourced without any form of bidding in September 2019 to the company.
In addition, the mathematical sets contractor Bluegrass Limited was conceded a free duty waiver of $3.6million by the government on the recommendation of Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister. The expense waiver was endorsed by parliament.
All through the 2020 WASSCE however, no understudy got the “math sets” from the government.
Indeed, the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) for instance questioned why the mathematical sets which were sole-sourced at a “excessive cost” were never conveyed on schedule for the very reason it was labeled as “urgent”.
They reprimand the legitimacy of the sole sourcing method received and the 75 Ghana cedis cost because the contract can presently don’t be classified as a urgent requirement for the WASSCE candidates now.
At GHC5 per mathematical set, the total contract came to GHC63,975,675. Blueglass Limited neglected to convey within the concurred time. It later issued PR-explanations announcing it had conveyed “first consignment” without stating any figure, even long after the WASSCE was over.
It is asserted that officers of the NIB arrested Kwadwo Darko-Mensah in relation to the contract.
The issue of the Mathematical sets contract and the capture and detention of CEO of Bluegrass Ltd Kwadwo Darko-Mensah came up during the vetting of Mathew Opoku-Prempeh with the former Education Minister disowning Mr. Darko-Mensah, claiming he “didn’t know him from anywhere”, a claim insiders say could make the minister-assign at risk to perjury.
Mathew Opoku Prempeh battled to address questions presented on the maths set matter by NDC MP Alhassan Suhuyini.
Opoku Prempeh endeavored to redirect fault to his deputy Adu Twum over the Mathematical sets contracts after Dr. Adu Twum in his vetting said he had no response for the question on the Mathematical sets.