DVLA Fraud: A-G Orders Cancellation Of Foto-X Contract

Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong – Attorney General

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has been ordered by the Attorney-General’s Department to abrogate its contract with Foto-X Limited.

The DVLA in 2012, entered into a 10-year agreement with Foto-X to print drivers’ licenses, but inconsistencies in the contract sum and other issues have stalled its implementation.

The contract, fraught with inconsistencies, has been largely condemned as a looting venture, causing the state to lose huge sums of money. ‘…the Attorney-General directs that the second contract mentioned above should be terminated forthwith.

In addition, the Attorney-General directs that no further payment should be made out of the second contract to Foto-x Limited,’ the letter said.

There have been suggestions that the immediate past CEO of the DVLA, Rudolph Beckley, may have been removed because he made efforts to expose the rot in the contract.

The report of a probe by the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has recommended the termination of the contract.

The letter below according to Accra-based Joy FM is a directive from the A-G’s department to DVLA.

We have received the docket on the above case for advice.

The Attorney-General, in the interim directs you as following pending our final advice on the matter.

The case mentioned above is in connection with the contract for consulting services between driver, vehicle and licensing Authority (D.V.L.A) and Foto-x Limited.

The contract was executed on 2nd August, 2012, and the contract period is ten years spanning from 2012 to 2022.

The main purpose of the contract was for Foto-x limited to design, install, maintain and to service the system for personalizing and production of driver’s licenses (Leaner’s and Permanent) material supply and for personalization and production of permanent drivers’ license.

The above mentioned contract followed a similar one which was implemented from 2006 to 2012, a period of 6 years.

The contract was a turn-key project in which the consultant (Foto-x limited) was to hand over the system and the equipment to DVLA to manage by itself at the end of the contract in 2012 but the consultant failed to do so.

A complaint on the implementation of the contract was submitted to Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) for Investigation, the report of which was submitted to the Attorney-General for advice, The following issues came up for investigations: (1) Wrongful collection of moneys as reimbursement for consumables which had already been factored in the contract sum of $2.772.000.

(2) Overpayment of the contract sum of $2.772.0oo, which in cedi equivalent amounts to GH¢5,544.000 to the consultant. (3)Fraudulent contract on the basis of (a)Renewing the first contract which was as turn-key project (b)Changing the contract sum of $3,600,000 to $9,976,209.50 by the consultant without due recourse to Public procurement Act 663,(Act 2003). The finding of Economic and Organized Crime Office are as following (a)Investigations disclosed that within the contract period of six years Foto-x was paid GH¢20,961,785.00 instead of GH¢5,544,000.00 as the equivalent of the original contract sum of $2,772,00.00.

The overpayment which was discovered was GH¢15,417,785.00. (b)The wrongful payment amounting to GH¢3,011,021.29 being the cost of consumables which price had already been factored in the contract sum of $2,772.00 to the consultant Foto-X.

On the basis of the above, the Attorney-General directs that the second contract mentioned above should be terminated forthwith. In addition, the Attorney-General directs that no further payment should be made out of the second contract to Foto-x Limited. Signed K. Asiama-Sampong Chief State Attorney For: Attorney-General

Source: Citifmonline.com


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