Assessing project procurement management practices, The Ministry of Energy; a case study of Rural Electrification/SHEP in Ghana

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The purpose of this research is to assess project procurement management practices at the Ministry of Energy. Self-help electrification projects (SHEP) were suspended in about 50 communities in the Hohoe South and Kpedze areas because 50% of the imported wooden poles were discovered to be inappropriate for electrification project. This adversely impacted the project as well as the communities’ socio-economic growth The objectives of this study are; to identify the project procurement management practices carried out at the Ministry of Energy for rural electrification/SHEP project, to examine the influencing factors for the choice of procurement management system adopted by the Ministry of Energy for rural electrification/SHEP project, and, to identify the effects of procurement management system on the outcome of the rural electrification/SHEP project. A population of 78 professional procurement respondents were reached across the country, through ‘convenience and purposive sampling’. Data from a total of 63 questionnaires were received and collected out of the 78 respondents constituting a response rate of 80.8%. This revealed that Open procedure also known as the competitive procurement practice is the most commonly used procurement management practiced under the SHEP, scoring an evident sky-high RII of 0.922. In view of these findings, the following are recommended; quarterly auditing, monitoring and evaluation of procurement management process to prevent corruption and promote good governance, capacity building training for both junior and senior procurement officers.
A dissertation submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
An Evaluation, Project procurement management practices, The Ministry of Energy, Rural Electrification/SHEP, Ghana