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13-Jun-2018  
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The Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA) has denied a publication in The Palaver newspaper claiming that the wife of New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth organizer, Sammy Awuku, has been granted suspicious contracts by the Authority.

In a rejoinder to the report, Executive Secretary of GFZA, Michael Okyere Baafi, said it was unfortunate that the Editor of the newspaper failed to verify the facts before going ahead with the publication.

“We have read with wonder, your newspaper publication with the above caption which at best is an absolute distortion of facts, or a plain and simple bid to cast a slur on the Executive Secretary of the GFZA and mischievously discredit his manner of steering the affairs of the GFZA,” Mr Baafi said in the rejoinder.

He has asked the Palaver newspaper to retract the publication and render an unqualified apology for the misleading publication.

Read the full rejoinder below in which Michael Okyere Baafi provides the facts of the matter.

REJOINDER ON PUBLICATION CAPTIONED: “SAMMY AWUKU’S WIFE GRABS JUICY FEEDING CONTRACT AT FREE ZONES BOARD”

Our attention has been drawn to a publication in your newspaper of the 12th of June, 2018 captioned “Sammy Awuku’s Wife Grabs Juicy Feeding Contract at Free Zones Board. It is unfortunate that your paper did not make any effort to verify the [facts].

We have read with wonder, your newspaper publication with the above caption which at best is an absolute distortion of facts, or a plain and simple bid to cast a slur on the Executive Secretary of the GFZA and mischievously discredit his manner of steering the affairs of the GFZA.

Much as there are other options open to Mr. Baafi, he has chosen to set the record straight with documentary evidence of the twisted ‘truths’ published in your newspaper. We trust that you will exhibit some level of honour in publishing this rejoinder with an equally screaming headline.

The Claims:

That Micheal Okyere Baafi has packaged a lucrative feeding contract for a company owned by Mary Awuku, the wife of NPP Youth Leader, Sammi (sic) Awuku.

The Facts:

A Management decision was taken to provide lunch for the staff of the GFZA. Accordingly, a number of caterers were sourced who bid to provide the service and due process was followed in determining the four most competitive of caterers provide the service on rotational bi-weekly basis.

A Food Committee was constituted, made up of representatives of GFZA Staff Welfare Association who drew up a criteria for evaluating proposals received from the caterers and handled the entire process. JAESM Catering Services, of which Mrs.

Mary Awuku is associated, did indeed put in a bid and ranked third after evaluation. Contracts were consequently signed in April 2017 between the GFZA and the four catering services who ranked tops in the evaluation process.

Suffice it to say that from April 2017 when the provision of lunch was instituted, JAESM Catering provided the said services for a total of four weeks based on the rotational timetable and served notice on the GFZA withdrawing their service beginning August, 2017. With that period, JAESM was paid a total amount of GHS15,764.00 for services provided. Ample documentation is available to substantiate these facts as provided to debunk your claim that procurement processes and laws were vandalized’ to debunk your claim that ‘procurement processes and laws were vandalized’.

Perhaps instead of imputing negative connotations in the form of political cronyism to a gesture that was primarily initiated with the GFZA’s employee’s interest at heart, the Palaver would have better served their image by verifying the information.

The Claim

That Ghana Palaver has also gathered that the Executive Secretary has significantly swelled the number of employees of the GFZA from 80 in January 2017 to 140 currently….”

The Facts

Upon assumption of duty of the new management, a re-structuring and re-alignment of the GFZA was carried to fit the new strategic direction of the Authority. This included expansion and opening of regional offices in the Western and Ashanti Regions of the Country to cater for free zone enterprises in the western, middle and northern zones of the country. To this end, staff had to be recruited to taking care of staffing needs of the regional offices. Due process was followed and the basis of all appointments were the qualifications that were fit for purpose.

We hereby request that the Palaver newspaper retracts the publication and renders an unqualified apology for the misleading publication.

Yours faithfully,

MICHAEL OKYERE BAAFI

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
 
 
 
Source: myjoyonline.com
 
 

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Name: KJoe
@Papa, Do you understand bi-weekly rotational basis? Go and get a dictionary, ask someone or get free education. Where in the document did you read that they worked for just one day? What quantities were served, what was the unit cost for one. Those are the logical questions to ask
 
Name: ababio
this same baafi guy owns an apartment in cantonments he goes there with women during lunch hours to sex is he the one to defend Sammy ? group of young rogues they are the same
 
Name: obeng
hmmmm this young greedy boy hmmmm n ow his wife is also joining to loot poor we and he says he wants to be president ha ha ha ha he thinks Ghanainas want thiefs to lead them ... we are watching after sleeping with women and paying 3k your wife also cleans jubilee house and charges 2billion and now cooks for free zones staff go ahead ...........
 
Name: BOAKYE
IS MRS AWUKU NOT A GHANAIAN? SHE DESERVES IT. SO SHUT UT PALAVER
 
Name: Do your best
This is full of nnnonnoonnsense from palaver does the paper expect kokuo anyidoho's wife to take a juicy contract? Well what palaver doesn't know is Sammy Awuku's wife is COMPETENT not like john the ded goat mahama who got so much opportunity but messed Ghana up. Ndc should wait in opposition for 24 years and see what NPP will do. Ghana is working again
 
Name: NANA AKWASI.
BUT DO THEY EXPECT OKUDJATO'S WIFE TO GRAB THAT JUICY CONTRACT?IF SAMMY AWUKU'S WIFE GRAB JUICY CONTRACT SHE DESERVE IT.HER HUSBAND HAS WORKED VERY HARD SO SHE IS ALSO A GHANAIAN.
 
Name: PAPA
How can u supply food for only one day for less then 500 ppl nad de state pays 15648ghana cedis?????..***barred word***
 
Name: NANA ADDO
GRABBING ALL OVER.....GO TO ASHELY BOTWE N SEE THE HOUSE HE BUILD OVER THERE. SAMMY AWUKU IS GRABBING PAPA
 
Name: mike
Did you award a contract to Sammy's wife? That's all we want to know. I don't have any problem with whoever is giving gvm't contracts but when you start to defend like this makes it suspicious.
 



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