The Smarttys saga continues. Smarttys have rejected claims by minority MPs that it was contracted as the country’s representative for the Chinese firm that allegedly over-bloated the cost of the government electrification project.
There had been rumours or rather reports suggesting that Smarttys Management Productions is involved in the 92 million-dollar national electrification project contract by the government. But trashing those rumours, the company’s lawyer issued a statement disassociating it from the million-dollar contract and the China Hunan Construction.
Smarttys has rejected claims by minority MPs that it was contracted as the country representative for the Chinese firm that allegedly over-bloated the cost of the government electrification project. The company was said to be the Ghanaian representative of the China Hunan Construction Engineering Group, the firm which was contracted by the government to carry out the electrification project.
Furthermore, it was discovered that the deal was overpriced by about 9 million dollars which sparked up a lot of criticisms on the government. Minority MPs had alleged that Smarttys, may have been responsible for overpricing the deal, considering their past record in the Bus re-branding saga.
To clear the air, Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor, had noted that government is not dealing with Smarrtys as a contractor in the million-dollar project but only as a local representative of the Chinese Company.
Smarttys in their bid to clarify issues, have said they are neither associated with the contract nor representatives by the country to the Chinese firm. They, in a recent statement said that the company only provided public relations service to the Chinese company. In the statement signed by Kissi Agyebeng, Managing Partner of Cromwell Gray LLP, and lawyer for Smarttys, the company is not a party to the contract.
Arttoney for Smarttys have also said that media houses who disseminated those false information will be sued for the damages they have caused.
Smarttys has recently been involved in a scandal which made them first on the suspects list on this present issue. Last year the company was said to have over billed government by more than GH¢ 1.5 million in a GH¢ 3.6 million contract to re-brand 116 Metro Mass Transit buses. The Bus branding saga also led to the resignation of former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor.
The government had ordered Smarttys to refund the inflated funds it billed for the contract, which they obliged. The refund process is currently in progress.