The Chief Executive Officer of the Bluegrass Group Ltd, Kwadwo Darko-Mensah popularly referred to as Onasis has been arrested by officials of the National Investigations Bureaus (NIB) to assist in an ongoing investigations as a suspect, MyNewsGh.com can confirm.
The NIB, formerly the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) arrested the businessman who is a known sympathizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party to assist in investigation over a very serious matter.
Mr. Darko-Mensah Onasis is the Local Agent of an international company, Cornfield Group Ltd which was mandated in 2019 to deliver a total of eight-hundred and fifty-three thousand (853,000) pieces of mathematical sets at a cost of ₵75 per unit by the Ministry of Education in September 2019 which was neither delivered on scheduled or in full, MyNewsGh.com was informed.
The mathematical sets was supposed to be given to students for the 2020 WASSCE. Because of this, the contract was treated as “urgent” and sole sourced in September 2019 to the company in addition to a tax waiver of $3.6million duly approved by parliament.
No student received the “math sets” throughout the WASSCE for 2020.
The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) for example questioned the validity of the sole sourcing procedure adopted and the 75 Ghana cedis cost because cannot be classified as an urgent need of the WASSCE candidates now.
At ₵75 per mathematical set, the total contract came to ₵63,975,675. Blueglass Limited failed to deliver within the agreed time. It later issued PR-statements announcing it had delivered “first consignment” without stating any figure, even long after the WASSCE was over.
It is alleged that officers of the NIB arrested Kwadwo Darko-Mensah in relation to the contract.
Vetting Pop up
The issue of the Mathematical sets contract and the arrest and detention of CEO of Bluegrass Ltd Kwabena Darko-Mensah came up during the vetting of Mathew Opoku-Prempeh with the former Education Minister disowning Mr. Darko-Mensah, claiming he “didn’t know him from anywhere”, a claim insiders say could make the minister-designate liable to perjury.
Mathew Opoku Prempeh struggled to answer questions posed on the matter by NDC MP Alhassan Suhuyini. Opoku Prempeh attempted to deflect blame to his deputy Adu Twum over the Mathematical sets contracts after Dr. Adu Twum in his vetting said he had no answer for the question on the Mathematical sets.