The uniforms, most of which had already been worn, were donated by the Swiss Army to the expatriate husband of Madam Maud Nongo (Supplier), who is a very good friend of Albert Gaisie. She therefore decided to sell the uniforms to the Fire Service after failed attempts to sell it to the Ghana Armed Forces but finally succeeded with the connivance of her friend Albert Gaisie, who was the then Acting Chief Fire Officer.
The contract document was signed by Albert Gaisie, who was the then Acting Chief Fire Officer and he intentionally did not indicate it in his handing over notes to Brig. Gen. J.B.E. Guyiri, who took over from him.
When the committee was established to investigate the issue, Albert Brown Gaisie, the main culprit was rather left off the hook and members of the Acceptance Board, whom he coerced and threatened to accept the uniforms were interdicted.
The matter was referred to EOCO and the report was made available only to him, all the other officers who were investigated were not given copies of the report. Justice Tsar, who happens to be a member of the EOCO Board and a good friend of Albert Gaisie is very much aware of this issue.
In relation to this, a petition was written by the late DCFO KWAKU OHENE OBIRI, the former Director Legal of GNFS, who died mysteriously in the early part of 2015 after being transferred from the National Headquarters to Volta region then some few months later again transferred to the Upper East Region, all aimed at frustrating him.
The Facts of the aforesaid subject matter are as follows:
That I was the Director Legal for the Ghana National Fire Service (2009-2013)
That GNFS contracted JILD Ventures to supply 16,339 pairs of camouflage uniforms at a cost of GH₵ 789,663.87 in 2010
That the Ministerial Tender Review Board of the Ministry of Interior approved 16,339 pairs
That adverts in the Ghanaian Times edition of 25th and 26thMay, 2010 and the Daily Graphic edition of June, 2010 quoted 16,339 pairs
Opening of tender box at a meeting on 28th June 2010 quoted 16,339 pairs and the amount quoted was GH₵ 789,663.87.
That the contract agreement between GNFS and JILD ventures was signed by Albert Brown Gaisie, the then Acting Chief Fire Officer quoted 16,339 pieces as the same amount.
That JILD ventures supplied the camouflage uniforms at the central stores James Town Accra and the Acceptance Board conducted an inspection on 15th June, 2011 at 13:45 hours
That recommendations of the acceptance board members, who were threatened and compelled by Albert Brown Gaisie, to approve the uniforms are as follows:
That the board accepted all camouflage uniforms supplied by JILD ventures to the Central Stores, though about half of the uniforms were used uniforms.
That all the camouflage uniforms inspected were in good condition.
That there was a disagreement between the parties as to the use of the words PAIRS AND PIECES with series of letters to the sector ministry and vice versa.
That the disagreement meant that the GNFS had to pay double the amount quoted delayed the payment for the camouflage uniforms
That the Plaintiff (JILD ventures) went to court to recover the Price of goods sold, Interest, Damages for Breach of Contract and Cost.
That all these transactions went on without involving me (the Director Legal).
That the order of the court was as follows:
GNFS to pay the principal sum of GH₵ 749,791.62,
Interest from 15th August,2011 to the date of final payment.
Damages for Breach of Contract GH₵ 5,000.00
Cost GH₵ 5,000.00
The Fast Track High Court Accra, entered judgment against GNFS of the 8th of June 2012
That an Application for Stay of Execution was put before the Court on 6th July 2012 but was refused on 24th July, 2013.
That the Application was repeated at the Court of Appeal.
That the Trial High Court proceeded to issue a Garnishee Proceeding against the accounts of GNFS held at the Bank of Ghana and Ghana Commercial Bank – Osu respectively.
That GNFS accordingly filed an application for Judicial Review on 11thAugust,2012 before the Supreme Court, which quashed and set aside the Garnishee Order absolutely against GNFS account on 24th January,2013
That the Fast Track High Court Garnishee Order dated 13th May,2013,ordered the GNFS to pay a total amount of GH₵ 1,264,454.94.
That when the Camouflage uniforms were being distributed to staff, it was detected that;
Some of the uniforms have been used and washed
A great quantity are faded, tatted, patched and some with name tags and pens.
That the Fire Service Council and Management constituted a Board of Enquiry to investigate the matter and the findings are as follows;
That fire volunteers and NYEP Personnel were not employees of the Service but the then Acting Chief Fire Officer, Albert Brown Gaisie, wanted to procure camouflage uniforms for them even though the Service Personnel lack adequate uniforms.
PNDC Law 229 gives the Service the only responsibility of training Fire volunteers and not to cloth them.
The Ministerial Tender Review Board gave approval for the procurement of 16,339 pairs of Camouflage uniforms and not pieces
That the contract and the notification letters were both prepared by the Albert Brown Gaisie without the involvement of the then Acting Director Logistics.
That the Contract Letter was signed on 1st December,2010 and per the terms of the contract, the uniforms were to be supplied by 31st January,2011,but JILD Ventures could not meet the deadline and thus the contract should have been abrogated by the then Acting Chief Fire Officer(Albert Brown Gaisie). He also failed to indicate in his handing over notes to Brigadier J.B.E. Guyiri, that the contract had expired, neither did he brief the Brigadier.
That the contract letter was not dispatched through the Service Central Registry.
That the reference number of the contract letter signed by the then Acting Chief Fire Officer, Albert Brown Gaisie is foreign and anonymous to the Service’s Central Registry.
That the Acceptance Board failed to inspect all the camouflage uniforms to determine whether or not they met all the expectations. They did Random Sampling during inspecting and checking and never inspected and checked all items as indicated in their report.
That the Board of Enquiry INDICTED all the members of the Acceptance Board as well as the then Acting Chief Fire Officer at the time, Albert Brown Gaisie.
That the Director Legal was instructed by the GNFS Council Chairman, Alhaji Amadou Sorogho to constitute a Disciplinary Tribunal based on GNFS Disciplinary Regulations -2003 L.I. 1725,to try only the Acceptance Board Members, EXCLUDING- Albert Brown Gaisie.
That whiles the Disciplinary Tribunal was being constituted, the Fire Service Council instructed the then Acting Chief Fire Officer, Brig. Gen. J.B.E. Guyiri, to suspend members of the Acceptance Board without Pay, whilst Albert Brown Gaisie was left unpunished.
That as the Legal Director, I gave my legal opinion to the Acting Chief Fire Officer on the GNFS Council’s decision to suspend the members of the Acceptance Board, which according to L.I. 1725,constitutes a Major Punishment.
That on 24th December,2013, the GNFS council met and invited me(Director Legal) at 16:30 hours, for my legal opinion and why the delay in constituting the disciplinary tribunal.
That The delay in constituting the tribunal was because the Acting Chief Fire Officer lost the father and travelled to the Upper West Region, the Membership committee was later changed by the Chairman of the GNFS Council and there was the need for clarification for the suspension of the Acceptance Board members.
That my opinion as Director Legal was that the Council should have waited for the tribunal to try the Officers before meting out the suspension, which could amount to Double Jeopardy (Punishing an offender twice for the same offence).
That my submission as Director Legal, did not go down well with the Council especially the Chairman who categorically said that he could no longer work with me.
That immediately after the meeting, the Acting Chief Fire Officer was instructed by the Council to transfer me to the Volta Region as Regional Commander on or about 17:30 hours on 24th December,2013, to take over from the late DCFO Attobrah who was sick and on admission at the Police Hospital and died later.
That Eight Months after my transfer, I was again transferred from the Volta Region to the Upper East Region, on 18thSeptember,2014 as the Regional Commander, to take over from DCFO Edwin Blankson who was my junior and had been transferred to Headquarters.
That I strongly suspect someone’s interest is being protected by branding me as an NPP member and getting me out of National Headquarters, since I have all the facts and documents of the said case.
Source: Eagle-Eyed Vigilante Group