News broke last week Wednesday that the government of Ghana had spent a whooping Ghc3.5m to brand Metro Mass Transit buses, this led to a public outcry and a series of revelations leading to the Resignation of the Transport Minister. Here are 7 interesting facts you should know about this saga.
1. A total of 116 Buses were procured in the course of this year for the Bus Rapid Transit, an initiative by the government of Ghana to help reduce traffic and improve public transport.
2. A company by the name Smartyys Productions and Management was reportedly awarded the contract way back in July to brand the 116 Buses with the images of eight former presidents on each Metro Mass Transit bus to the tune of GHS 3,649,044 with each bus costing Ghc30,420.00.
3 . According to the pro-forma invoice dated 17th July 2015, and signed by the Accounts Officer of Smarttys Management and Productions which revealed the breakdown of the cost for branding the buses; The material cost for spraying one bus is GHc 14, 210.00 whiles the cost of one vision sticker is GHc 10,000.
4. Smartyys Productions is reportedly owned by popular actress Selassie Ibrahim who is also the wife of Ibrahim Adam, a former minister of Agriculture under the Rawlings administration which has fueled more controversies.
5. The controversial expenditure was made known when the minority leader on the floor of parliament drew the speaker’s attention to an item in the accounts of expenditures made from the petroleum revenues fund by the Ministry of Transport in 2015 which had to do with the amounts spent on branding 116 Metro Mass Transit buses.
6. The Minister of Transport Dzifa Ativor could not tell parliament what accounted for the 3.6 million cedis when she went to the house to answer some questions. She asked for time to furnish the house with documentation. But on Wednesday 23rd of December the minister announced her resignation.
7. The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah ordered the Attorney General and Minister for Justice to recover GH¢1.9 million from Smartty’s Management Limited for the rebranding of 116 buses after receiving a receipt of the Attorney General’s report on the spraying and branding of 116 new buses procured for the Metro Mass Transit Company Limited.