The Chief Executive Officer of the Bluegrass Group Ltd, Kwadwo Darko-Mensah popularly referred to as Onasis has been arrested by officials of the National Investigations Bureaus (NIB) to assist in an ongoing investigation as a suspect, MyNewsGh.com can confirm.
The NIB, formerly the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) arrested the businessman who is a known sympathizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party to assist in investigation over an intense matter.
Mr. Darko-Mensah Onasis is the Local Agent of an international company, Cornfield Group Ltd which was mandated in 2019 to deliver a total of eight hundred and 53 thousand (853,000) bits of mathematical sets at a cost of ¢75 per unit by the Ministry of Education in September 2019 which was neither delivered on schedule or in full, MyNewsGh.com was informed.
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 “dire” and sole-sourced with no form of bidding in September 2019 to the company.
In addition, the mathematical sets contractor Bluegrass Limited was granted a free tax waiver of $3.6 million by the public authority on the recommendation of Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Education Minister. The tax waiver was approved by Parliament.
All through the 2020 WASSCE in any case, no understudy got the “math sets” from the public authority.
Indeed, the Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) for example questioned why the mathematical sets which were sole-sourced at a “excessive cost” were never delivered on schedule for the very reason it was tagged as “critical”
They reprimand the validity of the sole sourcing methodology adopted and the 75 Ghana cedis cost because the contract can presently don’t be classified as an earnest requirement for the WASSCE candidates now.
At ¢75 per mathematical set, the total contract came to ¢63,975,675. Blueglass Limited failed to deliver within the agreed time. It later issued PR-statements announcing it had delivered “first consignment” without stating any figure, even long after the WASSCE was finished.
It is alleged that officers of the NIB arrested Kwadwo Darko-Mensah in relation to the contract.
Vetting Pop up
The issue of the Mathematical sets contract and the arrest and detention of CEO of Bluegrass Ltd Kwadwo Darko-Mensah came up during the vetting of Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh with the former Education Minister disowning Mr. Darko-Mensah, claiming he “didn’t have any acquaintance with him from anywhere”, claim insiders say could make the minister-designate liable to perjury.
Mathew Opoku Prempeh battled to answer questions presented on the maths set matter by NDC MP Alhassan Suhuyini.
Opoku Prempeh attempted to redirect blame to his agent Dr Osei Adutwum over the Mathematical sets contracts after Dr. Osei Adutwum in his vetting said he had no answer for the question on the Mathematical sets.