Bus rebranding saga: Smartty’s ordered to return GHC 1.9 m

attorney-general-and-chief-of-staff-2-620x330The Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah has asked the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to recover from Messrs Smartty’s Management Limited, a total of GHC 1.9 million.

He gave the directive after receiving the Attorney General’s report on the spraying and branding of 116 new buses procured for the Metro Mass Transport Company Limited.

The Chief of Staff last week directed the Attorney General to conduct an urgent review of the contract, following concerns raised about the cost of spraying and branding exercise.In her report submitted on Tuesday, Mrs Marieta Brew Appiah-Oppong found that there were no cost comparisons to what was submitted by Smartty’s Management because of the method of procurement and the procedures used.

The report revealed that the procurement method did not also ensure value for money.

A statement from the Flagstaff House noted that “Independent consultations made by the Attorney General with some leading motor firms in the country confirmed that the contract would have been executed at a cheaper cost if other bids were considered and price comparisons made.”

The Transport Minister , Dzifa Attivor resigned on Wednesday over the scandal.

Her resignation came barely a day after the report was presented to Mr. Julius Debrah.

A statement signed by the Minister’s Personal Assistant, Egypt Kobla Kudoto, to confirm her resignation said “Hon. Mrs. Dzifa Attivor, Minister of Transport wishes to inform the good people of Ghana that , as the Minister with oversight responsibility for the activities of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) she has tendered in her resignation due to the current issues surrounding the branding of the 116 buses.”

source: citifmonline.com

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