Release Smarrttys,Government Contract Documents – AG Orders

A Human Rights court has ordered the Attorney General (A-G) to make public the contract documents that covered a GHS3.6 million controversial bus re-branding deal signed between the Government of Ghana and private firm, Smarttys Management & Production.

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Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Ghana's Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Ghana's Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

The firm, Smarttys Management & Production is owned by a popular Ghanaian actor Selassie Ibrahim.

Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Ghana's Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Ghanaians can recall that, in the heat of controversies surrounding the said deal, the Chief of staff Julius Debrah ordered Smarrttys to refund GHS1.9 million to the state after it was discovered that the contract for the re-branding of the 116 Metro Mass Transit buses, was inflated, after several people including the Minority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, raised red flags over the contract on the floor of Parliament.

The firm recently finished refunding the amount to the state.

Other civil society organisations and pressure groups, including OccupyGhana, demanded explanations and transparency on the contract after the scandal was uncovered.

The matter was taken to court by some Ghanaians led by Kennedy Ocloo who prayed the court to compel the Attorney General to release the documents covering the contract.

Justice Anthony Yeboah, who presided over the case, said, it was appropriate for the details of the contract to be made known to Ghanaians.

Selassie Ibrahim and her company were accused of fleecing the state to the tune of GH¢3.6 million in respect of the rebranding of 116 Metro Mass buses.

Originally, the cost of rebranding of each bus was said to have been GH¢100, totalling GH¢11,600.00 for all the 116 vehicles.

Later, documents showed that government was billed an amount of GH¢3.6 million for the contract which from all indications did not go through competitive bidding since Smarttys was handpicked for the job which stoked public outcry and probe and led to the resignation of the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

 

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