Plans are far advanced by Government to secretly construct a new building to house legislatures in their work, Ghanacrusader.com can report authoritatively.
It has come to the fore that, the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has awarded the design of the controversial new 400-seating capacity chamber for legislatures at the blind side of many Ghanaians.
Documents intercepted by Ghanacrusader.com prove that, the technical committee allowed the Parliamentary Service in December 2018, to use restricted tendering to select consultancy design services for the new chamber complex.
Furthermore, the documents show that, the restricted tendering was pegged at a cost of GHȼ 90,000.
Subsequently, three companies were shortlisted for the bid. The details of the document, in part read:
“At the Technical Committee Meeting No. 20 (020/2018) held on Thursday, 13th December 2018, the Board granted approval to Parliamentary Service in accordance with Section 38 (b) of Act 663 as amended, to use the Restricted Tendering Method to invite the underlisted companies to tender for the provision of consultancy (Design) Services for the proposed new chamber complex.”
The competing companies were: Design Associates Development Consortium, Sir David Adjaye & Associates, and China Great Wall Industry Corporation.
The companies, through this approval, were consequently asked to produce all documentation regarding the procurement (of the design) to appropriately “facilitate future procurement and tax audit” to the Public Procurement Authority.
A Technical Assessment Report by the Parliament of Ghana affirms the award of the restricted tendering for the parliamentary chamber, adding that, the China Great Wall Industry Corporation was disqualified, because, “they were not an architectural firm in China and did not have the regulatory qualifications stipulated in the Architects Act 1969 (NLCD 357).”
What’s more? The lead architect for the project, Sir David Frank Adjaye of Adjaye & Associates had indicated, work on the project will most likely start sometime this year.
“We are hoping the project will sometime this year start on site. Parliament, government has committed to it in the budget that was revealed; that has already happened and they are seeking additional funding,” the words of Sir Adjaye.
He made this comment while presenting an artist’s impression of the design to the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye, when he paid a courtesy call on him in Accra.
On his part, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, stated that, government is committed to the project and is already exploring external funds to shore-up the funding.
Meanwhile, the award of the contract has raised eyebrows, as Design Associates Development Consortium alleges, Adjaye & Associates has been awarded projects even when they [Design Associates] have won a bid by government.
In a document dated July 12, 2019, addressed to president Akufo-Addo, the firm stated that, “even where we have bidded [sic] alongside this Government Preferred Architect and won on merit, a decision is taken to give the project to this Architect.”
Design Associates Development Consortium notes that, it is alarmed by the “absolute disregard and non-adherence to principles of transparency, fairness, equity and the laws governing the procurement of professional services by statutory companies and bodies.”
The group states that the principal architect for the controversial parliamentary chamber, Sir Adjaye “is not a licensed or registered to carry on the profession of an architect under the Architects Decree, 1968 (NRCD 357), as amended.”
This has been confirmed by Honorary Executive Secretary of the Ghana Institute of Architects, who spoke to Joy FM on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, saying, “Sir Adjaye is not a registered architect in Ghana, hence, do not have the right to bid for any contract, thereof.”
In the light of many issues raised against Sir Adjaye and the Adjaye & Associates, the Design Associates Development Consortium has appealed to government to to recognise local architects and professionals in general, “for they have held the fort until the emergency of Adjaye & Associates in the country.”
It could be recalled that, the Acting Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Madam Kate Addo, disclosed that the proposed new parliamentary complex idea has been dropped.
This came as a result of public outcry, intimating more pressing needs that should be attended to. In the wake of the brouhaha, three members of the Economic Fighters League, including its leader, Ernesto Yeboah, was arrested for protesting against the proposed 400-seater chamber during a parliamentary sitting.
According to the proponenst of the new chamber project, the facility when completed replace the present 275-seat capacity chamber, which was reconfigured in 2013 to accommodate more Members of Parliament (MPs).