Corruption intemperance of the ruling APC regarding ventures totally fruitless amounts to millions of United States Dollars (some trillions of Sierra Leone’s money).
Between 2007 and 2017, the APC of President Koroma sadly endorsed and caused payments of $25 million (Le143 billion) to Wansa gunboat, $25 million (Le143 billion) to solar light, $12 million (Le68 billion) police arms contract, $12 million (Le68 billion) to 100 buses contract, Le100 billion to ferry contract: $10 million (Le57 Billion) to NASSIT ferry contract, $200 million (Le1.14 trillion) to Mamamah airport, $40 million (Le228 billion) to Palo Conteh Defence contract and Le200 billion Gento Hill Station Road… the list goes on.
Audit Service Sierra Leone, over the years, revealed how corruption in public offices amounted to millions of US dollars (trillions of Sierra Leone’s money) due to serious disregard for procurement procedures by government ministries the likes of Defence, Education, Agriculture, Police, Western Area Rural Council, others etc.
The Audit Service had specifically looked at the period between January and October 2015, and then said, “Five major audit entities were examined, with an in-depth a sample of 72 major contracts dealt with.”
The entities made up of a quarter of national expenditure in 2015 amounting to Le 427.4 billion.
Despite procurement being the largest non-payroll expenditure of government, which is also believed to be the biggest medium of fraud and corruption, Audit Service found that “there has been a deterioration in the quality of compliance with the Procurement Act and Regulations since its reviewing in 2013,” scoring an overall 1.4 on the 4.0 scale – down from 1.8 three years ago.
The report says that there was total disregard for regulations.
“Based on our findings, we have to conclude that the Act and Regulations are in effect being ignored or, where considered, were done in a very passive ‘tick-the- box’ manner,” the report states.
The auditors found that in all the entities examined, there was the possible presence of fraud and corruption and have called on the attention of the Anti Corruption Commission to intervene.
They have also called for an urgent need to conduct forensic investigation too.
At Ministry of Defence, Auditors detected “overpricing” amounting to over $12.5 Million as well as possible mis-procurement in construction contracts.
The Sierra Leone Police was accused of exhibiting inappropriate use of sole source method for Kenwood batteries
amounting to Le 569 million.
They say the police breached regulations in contract extensions amounting to Le 247 million.
“No documentary evidence to explain why 100 stun guns valued at $88,000 not having been delivered, yet another 100 stun guns were acquired for $5,750 but appeared unfit for purpose,” the report stated.
At the Ministry of Education, it was discovered that excessive and inappropriate use of restricted bidding practices in the acquisition of teaching and learning materials as well as similar practices for the construction of water well/hand pumps woefully took place.
That there was no evidence of two of eight schools supply contracts.
At the Ministry of Agriculture, the auditors saw clear evidence of using single particular suppliers for fertilizer contracts valued at over $2.1 million.” There were “irregular prices” leading to unnecessary expenditure of at least $774,000.
The same applied in acquiring cashew seedlings, as well as errors in consulting services resulting in the potential misuse of government funds.
The Western Area Rural Council showed irregularities in both the selection and disqualification processes used to award a series of public works contracts amounting to over Le700 million.
Contracts were also awarded to suppliers who neither had a license nor provided proof of having the equipment to carry out the work.