Reaction "I am impressed with Dzifa Ativor’s resignation" – Casely Hayford

Dzifa Ativor on Wednesday tendered in her resignation over the scandalous $3.6 million bus rebranding saga.

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Financial analyst, Sydney Casely-Hayford play

Financial analyst, Sydney Casely-Hayford

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A member of OccupyGhana, Sydney Casely-Hayford says he is happy Hon. Dzifa Ativor has resigned as Transport Minister.

Dzifa Ativor on Wednesday tendered in her resignation over the scandalous $3.6 million bus rebranding saga.

Hon. Dzifa Ativor play

Hon. Dzifa Ativor

 

Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Mr Casely-Hayford said Hon Dzifa Ativor’s resignation was spot on.

“I am impressed that Dzifa Ativor has actually taken the initiative and decided to resign. She has taken the mantle on, that ‘the bucks stops with me, whatever happened before that payment was authorised, if it slipped through my fingers, I resign’, then I think she has done the right thing,” he said.

READ MORE: > NDC guru's wife branded BRT buses

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 last Wednesday 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.

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 material cost for spraying one bus is GHc 14, 210.00 whiles the cost of one vision sticker is GHc 10,000.

Branding of the BRT buses play

Branding of the BRT buses

 

READ MORE: > How Smartyys charged GHC 14,000 for spraying a bus

The Ministry of Transport has since been the centre of controversy in parliament as debates on the 2016 budget continued.

Mr Casely-Hayford opined that investigations should be carried on to get to the roots of the matter.

“This should not stop here… The young lady at the heart of it all who actually presented the invoice and expected us just to pay it willy-nilly has to be investigated. We have to determine whether it was done fraudulently… We need to get to the heart of it,” the financial analyst stated.

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