- Government has refuted the assertions that it has entered into another deal with Smarttys
- According to deputy Power Minister, government entered the rural electrification deal with
- Meanwhile, lawyers, for Smartty's have threatened legal action against any media house that tries to associate their client with the electrification project
Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor has denied the minority, NPP’s assertions that government signed a new deal with ‘questionable’ Smarttys Production for the execution of a national electrification project.
According to Jinapor, the commercial agreement entered into was not with Smarttys Management and Productions Limited but rather with China Hunan Construction Engineering Group.
“Unlike the earlier deal about the branding, the government of Ghana has no contract with Smarttys.
“The government of Ghana has a contract with Hunan construction and Hunan construction is at liberty to engage any other local counterpart, whether for PR purposes or any other purpose,” he said in an interview with Accra based Citi FM Monday night.
Mr. Jinapor also assured the public that the rural electrification deal is value for money. “The most important thing is that government has to ensure that there was value for money and also “ensure that the contract fits within our overall objective as a nation and also ensure that the taxpayer’s money is not short-changed.”
Meanwhile, lawyers, for Smartty's in a statement released Tuesday are threatening to take legal action against any media house (s), who are “mischievously” associating their client with “a supposed $92m contract under the national electrification project”.
“ Our client dissociate themselves from the execution of an any such contract between the government of Ghana and the other indicated party, China Hunan construction engineering group or any such entity. Our clients are not parties to the contract as reported in sections of the media,” the statement signed by lawyer Kissi Agyebeng warned.
Ghana’s Parliament approved a $92 million commercial agreement for China Hunan Construction Engineering Group to execute rural electrification projects in the Eastern, Volta and Northern regions.
The deal, according to the minority was said to have been overpriced to the tune of $22.7 million after Crown Agents Ghana Limited conducted Value for Money Assessment.
It was later renegotiated to $9 million after the two parties – Ghana Government and China Hunan Construction Engineering Group were able to agree on a median amount with the help of Crown Agents.