The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah has directed the Attorney General to retrieve an amount of GHC1.9 million from Smarttys Productions.
According to the statement the GHC1.9 million is considered as excess payment for re-branding of the 116 government buses.
Julius Debrah’s directive comes on the back of studying the report by after the AG’s investigations into the re-branding saga.
Meanwhile the scandal has caused the Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor to resign from her position; the re-branding was done under her watch as minister.
Read the full statement from the presidency, signed by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah
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.
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