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

16389975The 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.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”.

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