Government has challenged the minority leader in Parliament Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu to prove with facts that Mrs Salassi Ibrahim’s involvement in the $98 million rural electrification project with a Chinese company is illegal and such the need for the halting of the contract.
This was disclosed by the Communications Minister Dr. Omane Boamah on the Joy Fm’s Super morning Show special edition with journalist turned politician Kojo Oppon Nkrumah.
Minority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu in an interview with Citit News alleged that the embattled CEO of Smartty’s Management Limited, Selassie Ibrahim, is fronting for a Chinese firm in an electrification deal with the state, a deal that will cost the country $98 million.
“Selassie was fronting for a Chinese company involved in some electrification project for which this nation will have to cough up $98 million,” he disclosed.
Mrs. Ibrahim’s Smarttys productions has for the past weeks been at the center of the “fraudulent” bus branding saga which cost the state GHc3.6 million, according to a pro-forma invoice dated July 26,2015, and signed by the Accounts Officer of the company.
The Suame Legislator therefore noted that it will be suicidal for any company associated with Selassie Ibrahim to be considered for a government contract until she has been cleared in the bus branding scandal.
“This is a woman who is involved in some impropriety. The matter is pending. It is on the front burner and then we allow her to front for a Chinese company and offer her a contract to the tune of $98 million. “Are we serious as a nation?”.
But Dr Boamah in his conversation with Oppon Nkrumah said,
“I will strongly suggest that if the honourable Member of Parliament has strong evidence of any impropriety, I will urge him to put it out,”
Mr Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu believes it will be inappropriate for the state to ink the $98 million contract with the Chinese firm because of Mrs Ibrahim’s involvement.
The Suame MP also wants a freeze on all contracts existing between the Government of Ghana and Smartty’s until investigations into the bus branding scandal are over and done with.
“Why let out sheep to pasture when the earlier flock has still not returned from grazing?” he asked.