Evaluating the Procurement Processes in the Ghana Armed Forces.

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One of the key functions of government is Public procurement. An effective, efficient and honest evaluation of procurement processes are crucial to ensuring that scarce public funds are well spent and that important public projects are carried out. However, such processes are often best engulfed by waste, corruption and inefficiency within Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). The Public Procurement Processes within the GAF are frequently in secrecy, compared with other sectors. Such phenomenon engenders failings at all stages of the procurement cycle: policy and planning, budgeting, decision-making processes, and monitoring and evaluation. The objective of this study was to evaluate the procurement process within Ghana Armed Forces: A study of Directorate of Engineering Services from which eighty, (80) questionnaires were purposively distributed and sixty, (60) were completed representing seventy five percent (75%) rate of response. The data was analyzed using one tailed test and frequency distribution tables as statistical tools for data presentation and interpretations. It was identified from the study that GAF procurement processes are often not evaluated for lessons learnt, the procurement process being too long and bureaucratic and that evaluating the procurement process exerts positive significance on Public Procurement Management as the evaluating process: ensures compliance with procurement rules and procedures, creates value for money and ensures transparency, encourages competition within the process and among prospective tenderers, prevents irregularities and upward adjustment of contract prices and leads to continuous process improvement in the procurement process. Recommendations were however made upon request for future procurement process improvement for Ghana Armed Forces.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management, 2014