The Office of the Special Prosecutor has commenced investigations into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of a contract awarded by the Northern Development Authority (NDA) to A&Qs Consortium.

The contract was awarded for consultancy services under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme.

A statement by the Special Prosecutor said the Coordinator for Special Initiatives at the Jubilee House and several serving officers, including the Chief Executive, and relevant past officers of the NDA and officers of A&Qs Consortium have all been invited for questioning.

Following this, Special Prosecutor has directed the Controller and Accountant General to immediately freeze payments arising from the contract.

Meanwhile, all the invited persons have been placed on bail.

The Special Prosecutor assured that persons deemed culpable for corruption and corruption-related offence(s) would be charged and arraigned before the High Court for prosecution.

The probe is essentially on the quantum of the contract sum.

Source: Ghana/ Fm