Assessment of compliance with the Public Procurement Law (Act 663) and Regulations -The case of Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo)

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The essence of an efficient public sector procurement system no doubt is to create wealth and ensure good governance and transparency. Ensuring efficiency, transparency and accountability within the procurement system as well as adherence to procurement laws and regulations by a corporate organization such as Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) enhances its financial performance and corporate image. Even though the adoption of procurement policies, rules and regulations are laudable, unfortunately compliance with such policies, rules and regulations has become an issue. The compliance process helps in identifying weaknesses within the procurement system and how to take corrective measures so as to correct deficiencies within the system. The enforcement of the rules and regulations, the reward of incentives and the sanctioning of practitioners is deemed to influence compliance rates or the degree to which public procurement practitioners/governmental purchasers comply with the rules. As a result, this study, designed as a case study research, assessed the compliance with the Public Procurement Law (Act 663) and the Regulations. Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) was chosen for the case study. The importance of this company stems from its role as the public organization responsible for economic dispatch of electricity transmission in Ghana. GRIDCo is involved in very huge public procurements for the materials and equipment required to carry out its job of electricity transmission. The study involved the distribution of 200 questionnaires. The recovery rate was 86%, indicating that a total of 172 questionnaires were returned. The findings of the study revealed that GRIDCo’s compliance with the Public Procurement Law (Act 663) and regulation is very good. It became clear from the research that even though GRIDCo’s compliance level with the Law is at a matured stage, there are grey areas that need further Management attention such as publication of all contracts award on the Public Procurement Authority’s website, debriefing of unsuccessful tenderers, etc. There is also the need for Management of Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) to put in place measures to explain to all procurement practitioners within the company the importance of the human effort in the timely implementation of the Public Procurement Act 2003, (Act 663), consolidates all procurement undertakings under one Department or Unit, and improve on procurement filing system to ensure smooth conduct of future Audit. Finally, Management should consider e-procurement, as GRIDCo aims to align all its procurement activities with sustainability principles.
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