-Minority members in parliament have opposed the approval of a dollar loan facility to controversial PR firm Smarttys
- The opposition comes in the wake of recent controversies regarding the inflation of prices for the re-branding of MMT buses
- The approved loan facility is expected to aid in the supply of electricity to over 500 communities
Embattled Ghanaian firm, Smartty's Company Limited has been revealed to be the local representative of a Chinese Company, Hunan Construction and Engineering Group which was granted a $92 million dollar loan facility for an electrification project.
The revelation is said to have been made when the said loan facility was laid before the house of parliament for approval - a development which attracted severe objections from minority members. The approved loan facility is aimed at providing around 556 towns and villages with electricity in Volta, Eastern and Northern regions of Ghana as the Chinese firm, Hunan Construction is expected to supply and erect electrical structures and equipment for all beneficiary communities.
Meanwhile Minority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has raised concerns over the loan facility questioning the transparency and accountability related to the deal especially when the controversial public relations firm was earlier on caught for inflating the prices for the re-branding of state commercial buses.
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“I would think that if this matter had happened way back and the company had sufficiently purged itself…but four days after this re-branding matter came up then we have this in parliament, just four days, then it was reintroduced by way of the relaying of the reports. Mr. Speaker, the issue about due diligence by Crown agents has made some savings for us as a nation. I have always insisted that this House should be able to engage consultants when such matters come before us so that we can also compare,” the Suame MP stated.