BRT Saga AG submits report on controversial bus re-branding

The revelation of the cost of branding the buses led to public outcry with Parliament also asking for further answers on what led to the high cost.

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AG submits report on controversial bus re-branding play

AG submits report on controversial bus re-branding

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The Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong has submitted her report to the Chief of Staff on the controversial $3.6 million that was spent rebranding of some 116 government buses.

The revelation of the cost of branding the buses led to public outcry with Parliament also asking for further answers on what led to the high cost.  

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, later directed the Attorney General's department ''to review the contract and associated payments''.

It is, however, unclear what is contained in the AG report which has been submitted.

Background

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

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.

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

Pulse.com.gh later confirmed 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 later 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.

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