General News of Friday, 25 December 2015
The Transport Committee of Parliament is set to carry out extensive hearings into circumstances that led to the resignation of Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor, to establish her role in the bus branding scandal.
Dzifa Attivor voluntarily quit her job after an investigative report initiated by the Presidency exposed lack of due diligence in the award of 3.6 million dollar public buses branding contract.
It also emerged that the cost of branding the 116 buses with photos of former heads of state and the current president John Mahama was inflated.
Sections of the investigative report say the single-sourced contract awarded Smartty’s Management and Production was bloated.
Chairman of the Transport Committee, Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, told Joy News the Committee has requested for a copy of the investigate report into the controversial deal.
“We need to know exactly what went wrong so that will also inform us to continue with our oversight work in an advanced manner so definitely we will go for the report,” Tetteh Chaie said.
The Committee Chair however expressed sadness over the minister’s resignation describing her as a hardworking and dedicated minister.
“We’ve missed a very, very important minister,” he said.
The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, has directed the Attorney General to retrieve 1.9 million Ghana cedis believed to be excess payment for the branding of the 116 buses.