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General News of Friday, 19 February 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Occupy Ghana goes to court over bus branding scandal

Pressure group, Occupy Ghana, has filed a suit at the High Court demanding that government furnishes it will all documents covering the transaction with Smartty’s Management and Production Limited, over the re-branding of some 116 Metro Mass Buses.

According to the group, it intends to use the information to evaluate whether Ghanaians were shortchanged in the process.

The AG has ordered Smartty’s Management and Production Limited to refund some 1.7 million Ghana cedis after the company was overpaid for its services. An earlier request from the group to the AG for information, was rejected on the bases that some aspects of the matter was is in court.

But Occupy Ghana it says it is dissatisfied with the reason hence their decision to seek legal redress.

Background

Government’s decision to spend GHc3.6 million of Ghana’s oil revenue on branding some 116 Metro Mass Transit (MMT) buses has been widely criticized and described as reckless. The scandal compelled the Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor to resign after a massive public outcry.

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, subsequently ordered the Attorney General to investigate the matter after which Smarttys was ordered to refund the excess payments made.

Meanwhile a leaked Attorney General’s investigation report suggests that the contract with Smarttys was commenced and concluded long before the procurement process started, a conduct that violated the nation’s procurement laws.