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Procurement of ambulances were approved by Parliament, Cabinet – Jakpa

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Richard Jakpa, the third defendant in the ongoing ambulance procurement trial, has reassured the court that the procurement processes and specifications for the ambulances were sanctioned by both the Cabinet and Parliament.

This reassurance was in response to a legal challenge initiated by the Attorney-General (AG), Godfred Yeboah Dame, on July 2, who raised questions about the integrity and transparency of the procurement procedures.

Mr Jakpa stressed that the approval process underwent thorough scrutiny at various levels, ensuring that the ambulances adhered to all required standards and specifications.

He underscored that both the Cabinet and Parliament conducted exhaustive evaluations, including cost assessments and technical reviews, before giving their final approval.

He articulated that this stringent process was designed to ensure the best value for public funds and the highest quality of service delivery in the health sector.

Mr Dame launched the prosecution of this case, voicing concerns about potential irregularities in the procurement process and alleged financial loss to the state.

The AG highlighted discrepancies in the pricing and quality of the ambulances, suggesting that due diligence might have been overlooked.

In court, Mr Jakpa provided detailed documentation to substantiate his claims, including minutes of meetings, evaluation reports, and correspondence between relevant government bodies.

He contended that the evidence showcased the government’s commitment to transparency and accountability in the procurement of ambulances.

Mr Jakpa further reassured the court that the entire process was in compliance with national procurement laws and international best practices.

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