The Attorney General has been directed to retrieve an amount of GHC1.9 million considered as excess payment to Smarttys Productions in the raging controversy over the rebranding of 116 government buses.
The Chief of Staff Julius Debrah gave the directive after studying the report of the AG’s probe into the scandal.The development comes a day after the resignation of the Transport minister Dzifa Attivor under whose watch the deal was done.
Below are details of the statement from the Presidency
Chief of Staff Mr. Julius Debrah has, upon receipt of the Attorney General’s report on the spraying and branding of 116 new buses procured for the Metro Mass Transit Company Limited, requested the Attorney General and Minister for Justice to recover from Messrs Smartty’s Management Limited, a total of GH¢1.9 million, which is determined in the report to be excess payment made for the service rendered.
The Chief of Staff last week requested the Attorney General to conduct an urgent review of the contract following concerns raised about the cost of the spraying and branding exercise.
In her report submitted on Tuesday, the Attorney General, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong 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 procurement method, the report noted, did not also ensure value for money. 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.