DR. YAW OSEI Adutwum, the Deputy Minister of Education, has reportedly been fingered in a conflict of interest deal, which has the potential of landing him in big trouble.
The beleaguered minister, whose job is currently hanging on a thread, is said to have awarded a government contract to his brother, under some questionable circumstances.
The minister’s brother, identified as one Thomas Frimpong, is said to be a private developer of ‘DreamScape Company’.
Sources said the Deputy Minister reportedly circumvented the laid down structures at the ministry and awarded an assembly hall project at Jachie Pramso Senior High School (Mighty Japass) to his said brother.
As if by coincidence, Dr. Osei Adutwum is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosomtwe Constituency, in the Ashanti Region, where Mighty Japass is located.
The paper’s checks revealed that the assembly hall project is valued at GH¢ 1,180,352.74 was awarded to the contractor on December 15, 2017 and it is to be completed in 12 months time due to variation.
According to sources, Dr. Osei Adutwum would be in a big trouble if the controversial contract, suspected to be a case of clear conflict of interest deal, is to be probed by the appropriate authorities.
Interestingly, that same assembly hall project has again suffered yet another controversy as the building, reportedly, caved in at the roofing level about three months ago.
The building was about to be roofed but it surprisingly collapsed to the chagrin of the authorities of the school. Luckily no injuries or deaths were recorded when the building collapsed.
The contractor is said to have returned to the site but during the paper’s visit, last week, no meaningful work was going on at the place. Clearly the project’s completion date would delay.
Eye witnesses in the school said they were not surprised when the building eventually collapsed, as they accused the contractor, who is the minister’s brother, of doing a shoddy work.
According to reports, inferior materials were, allegedly, used for the project and so they were not surprised when the hurriedly-constructed building crumbled.
As at press time yesterday, efforts to reach Thomas and his alleged ‘brother-deputy minister’ for comments proved futile as they will not answer any of the several telephone calls put their respective mobile phones.
For Dr. Osei Adutwum, he kept cutting his calls and would also not reply a text message sent to him as another opportunity to give the paper his side of the story.