Ibrahim’s Smarttys under investigation

Rebranding of 116 new intra-city buses by Selassie Ibrahim's Smarttys Management and Productions has become the subject of public discourse in recent days.

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A line-up of the rebranded buses at the forecourt of the State House.
A line-up of the rebranded buses at the forecourt of the State House.

Government has been accused of aiding private the entrepreneur to short change the Ghanaian tax payer.

A line-up of the rebranded buses at the forecourt of the State House.
A line-up of the rebranded buses at the forecourt of the State House.

In view of this, the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, has directed the Attorney General ”to review the contract and associated payment(s).”

A letter to the Attorney General dated December 17, 2015 asked her to revert to the Chief of Staff with her findings by close of day December 22. Government’s decision to spend a whopping GHC 3.6 million on rebranding 116 buses has angered many Ghanaians. Government has come under massive public criticism for spending such a huge sum on these buses especially at a time when the country is facing a difficult economic challenges.

Meanwhile a detailed pro-forma invoice for the re-branding of  the buses revealed that stickers on each bus cost Ghc11, 000. The pro-forma invoice dated 17th July 2015, and signed by the Accounts Officer of Smarttys Management and Productions and copied to the Ministry of Transport, put the total cost of branding for each bus at Ghc30,420.00. Smarttys Management and Productions is owned by Selassie Ibrahim, an actress cum entrepreneur and TV personality.

Source-newsghana.com.gh/citifmonline.com

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