Farouk Aliu Mahama recognised among Top 30 Achievers of Coventry University Alumini

Accra, Aug. 30, GNA – Alhaji Umar Farouk Aliu Mahama, Member of Parliament for Yendi has received an honorary recognition which acknowledges him among the “Top 30 Achievers” of Coventry University, United Kingdom, Alumini.

At a joint Special Ghana Communication Technology University (GCTU)/Coventry University Alumni Dinner and Recognition Night in Accra, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama received a Citation which reads:”In recognition and appreciation for your outstanding accomplishment in your chosen endeavor, we recognise you as one of the Top 30 Achievers after a decade of partnership between Coventry University and GCTU in education capacity building.

“Your exceptional skills, devotion and professionalism thus bringing honour and prestige to your fellow alumni and alma mater”.

Accepting the award, Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama said: “On behalf of myself, my team and constituents and my family, I thank my alma mater for the honour of this recognition. I am deeply humbled by the honour and I accept the challenge that it imposes on me to continue to seek the best of humanity and to lead exemplary leadership hinged on nothing else but development, compassion and the people-first.”

He acknowledged the importance of the award and thanked Professor John Latha, Vice Chancellor of Coventry University who was the Special Guest of the occasion.

“I would like to thank the Vice Chancellors of Coventry University and GCTU for conceiving this idea to reward the top 30 achievers after a decade of collaboration between the two institutions”.

He said: “We the Alumini accept the awards and promise our unwavering support to the growth of this outstanding institution as Alumni. Together, we will expand and improve GCTU and Coventry University in Africa”.

“I am not surprise that GCTU has been recognized as Africa’s Premier Institution for Capacity Building in Procurement and Supply Chain 2022”.

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama said, he and his constituents were resilient and committed to building a confident Yendi which is united and at peace with ourselves.

This he said underpinned his individual initiatives to tool farmers in the constituency, empower the youth and women, care about their health, and to support the needy school children.

He again thanked Prof. Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ebo Hinson, Africa’s Celebrated Researcher and Dr. David King Boison who he described as an outstanding lecturer who taught them to either drink deep or taste not.

President of Alumni, Eng. Mark Affum Amoamah, also thanked the two Universities for the recognition.

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama is currently the Member of Parliament (MP) for Yendi Constituency in the Northern Region of Ghana and the Board Chairman of the Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC)

He is results-oreinted, focused and a disciplined manager. He has broad Technical Experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management with extensive knowledge of Procurement Standards, Principles, Practice and Procedures.

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama has experience in Distribution, Warehousing, Logistics Management, Information Systems, Procurement Management, and also possess excellent knowledge in Risk and Project Management.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EduWatch appeals to MOE to make competitive procurement norm

African Education Watch (EduWatch) has appealed to the Ministry of Education, to prioritise spending efficiency and make competitive procurement the norm for all major procurement activities at the Ministry and its agencies.

This was in a document copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Mr Kofi Asare, EduWatch Executive Director.

The document said it had since 2020 been monitoring the use of COVID-19 and related funds as part of the government’s COVID-19 response in the Education Sector under the US$ 218 million Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcome Project (GALOP).

It added that in November 2021, Ghana Education Sector COVID-19, Resilience Report, it published which raised serious issues relating to spending efficiency in the deployment of digital infrastructure by the Ministry of Education.

It said the report observed duplications, lack of coordination, lack of awareness, and low usage of virtual learning and training platforms costing over GHC20 million cedis under the auspices of the Ghana Library Authority and the Ministry of Education.

It said in July 2021, the Ministry of Education signed a contract worth GHC5.7 million with TANIT LTD, an IT Service Provider, to design, develop and deploy digital teacher training content and platform under the GALOP Project by November 2021.

“Per our information, TANIT LTD was contracted through a single source procurement activity which is regrettably a norm at the Ministry of Education, while the firm was virtually unknown among leading IT Solutions companies in Ghana, one wonders about the justification for its single-source procurement by the Ministry of Education,” it said.

The document said the failure of TANIT LTD to deliver was enough indication that the company lacked the capacity to deploy within the five months contracted period which a competitive procurement approach would have provided better options.

“According to the Ministry of Education, TANIT LTD failed to deliver according to schedule, leading to the expiration of the contract, compelling the Ministry of Education to train the 40,000 teachers (about twice the seating capacity of Madison Square Garden) on another existing platform available to the Ministry of Education without any additional cost.

“We are aware that the Ministry has since written to TANIT LTD for a refund of the initial payment of GHC859,000 for which TANIT LTD was rather insisting on the payment of the remaining GHC4.9 million based on its claim that the contract was completed regardless of the delay,” it added.

“We support the efforts of the Ministry of Education to recover all payments made to TANIT LTD in view of their non-performance, and further urge the Ministry to sue for a refund of the said GHC859,000 paid to TANIT LTD and other consequential losses incurred because of the failure of TANIT LTD to deliver on their contractual obligations.

Source: Ghana News Agency