BRT saga Chief of Staff orders AG to review GHC 3.6m branding contract

Pulse.com.gh revealed that Smartyys Productions and Management is the company that executed the branding of 116 Bus Rapid Transit Buses(BRT)

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Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff

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The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, has waded into the controversy over the spraying and branding of 116 buses, and directed the Attorney General's department ''to review the contract and associated payments''. 

The revelation of the cost of the buses in the 2015 Annual Report on the Petroleum Revenues Fund has led to public debate with Parliament also asking for further answers on what led to the high cost.

Pulse.com.gh revealed that Smartyys Productions and Management is the company that executed the branding of 116 Bus Rapid Transit Buses(BRT) to the tune of GHS 3,649,044.

Read more: How Smartyys charged GHC 14,000 for spraying a bus

It has emerged that a pro-forma invoice dated 17th July 2015, and signed by the Accounts Officer of Smarttys Management and Productions and copied to the Ministry of Transport, put the total cost of branding for each bus at Ghc30,420.00.

The minority leader 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.

Read more: Gov’t blows 3.6 million cedis on rebranding of MMT buses

Referring to the 2015 Annual Report on the Petroleum Revenues Fund, the Ministry of Transport spent GHC31,000 on branding the images of eight former presidents on each Metro Mass Transit bus.

Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff play

Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff

 

Smartyys Productions  is owned by popular actress Selassie Ibrahim who is also the wife of Ibrahim Adam, a former minister of Agriculture under the Rawlings administration.

A letter from The Chief of Staff to the Attorney General dated December 17, 2015 asked her to revert without fail with her findings by close of day December 22.

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