GNFS Staff Cries Foul

Mr Kofi AsamoahThe controversy surrounding the bales of alien coloured camouflage uniforms imported for the Ghana Fire Service (GNFS) seems far from over, as fresh revelations indicate that the uniforms might have been donated to the service and not purchased.

A high level source at the service, who revealed this to The Ghanaian Times on condition of anonymity, believed the bales of torn camouflage were donated by a non-governmental organisation, even though they were brought in following a contract awarded to the company, JILD Ventures.

“The service receives donations from time to time from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and well meaning people in various forms, even in the form of clothes. The bales of the torn and faded uniforms, some containing condoms in their pockets, lying idle in the stores could be some of the numerous donations we received,” the source said.

“I strongly believe that the camouflages uniforms were donated because recently, similar uniforms of the same colour as the controversial imported ones were donated to the service. The coincidence here is very striking,” the source said.

In addition, the delivery of 8,373 pairs of trousers as against 7,757 pieces of jackets supplied by JILD Ventures and received by the service, as contained in a document from the Stores Service of the GNFS dated and signed on June 17, 2011, is also a matter of concern, he said, wondering how some personnel could be supplied with trousers without jackets.

What even made the situation milky is that Alhaji Amadu Sorogho, the Board Chairman of the GNFS, at a news conference in Accra last Friday, following The Ghanaian Times exposure of the scandal, said the GNFS paid almost double of the cost of the uniforms to the supplier upon a court order.

JILD Ventures filed an application in court in November 2011, and judgement was given in its favour in 2013, to secure the amount from the GNFS, following the service’s refusal to make payment.

Alhaji Soroglo said instead of a total cost of GH¢769,000 as contained in the contract document, the service was made to pay GH¢1,264,454.94 under a court order obtained by the supplier.

The source said the committee appointed to unravel the mystery surrounding the alleged imported uniforms should thoroughly investigate the matter to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

It is recalled that The Ghanaian Times on October 2, reported that bales of camouflage uniforms imported for the GNFS, has been sitting in its stores, three years after delivery.

Some of the uniforms, which were tagged “Back to sender” by the personnel, also had condoms, and cigarettes, among others, in their pockets.

The report also said about 12 motortricycles had been sitting in the storeroom of the training school of the service for about five years after their delivery. – Dzifa Emma Tetteh, Tema.

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