CEO of Bluegrass LTD arrested over mathematical set contract, NAPO and others in trouble
Chief Executive Officer of the Bluegrass Group Limited, Kwadwo Darko Mensah also known as Onasis has been arrested by officials of the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) formerly known as the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to assist in an ongoing investigation.
Mr. Kwadwo Darko known as a sympathizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and a local agent of an international company Cornfield Group Limited was charged with a contract by the Ministry of Education to supply a total of eight hundred and fifty-three (853,000) mathematical set in September 2019 to be given to students for the 2020 WASSCE.
According to information from MyNewsGh.com, the mathematical set was given at a cost of 75cedis per unit which arrived at a total of 63, 975,675 Ghana cedis and was granted free tax waiver of $3.6 million by the government on the recommendation of the Education Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh which was approved by parliament.
However, during the 2020 WASSCE exams, it was notified that no student received the mathematical set from government. Bluegrass Limited failed to deliver the mathematical sets within the given time but later issued a statement that the “first consignment”, without a figure had been delivered which was after the WASSCE was over.
The Institute for Education Studies (IFEST) for example questioned why the mathematical sets which were sole-sourced at a “high price” were never delivered on time for the very purpose it was tagged as “urgent”.
The issue of the mathematical set and its successive events was raised during the vetting of former Education Minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Matthew Opoku denied Mr. Darko saying he doesn’t “know him from anywhere”. He struggled to answer questions posed to him by NDC MP Alhassan Suhuyini on the maths set issue of which he attempted to push the blame on his deputy Dr. Adu Twum.
Following Matthew Opoku Prempeh’s denial to the issues surrounding the mathematical set, insiders claim he could be liable to perjury.