A former appointee under the erstwhile Mahama led administration, Akwasi Agyeman Boadi has said, the GH ¢3.6 million used to brand Metro Mass Transit buses under the previous administration could have been used to acquire a new fleet of buses to benefit Ghanaians.

According to the former Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in the Ashanti Region, it was a useless venture for the government at the time to use such a huge to brand buses while people were in dire need of jobs.

“We could have bought more buses to create employment for drivers and others”, the  aspiring Ashanti Regional Secretary of the party pointed out during a panel discussion

“If you ask me, it was a useless and needless exercise that contributed to our defeat”, he told the host of Kroyimunsem political talk show on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM Kofi Asante Ennin.

“You know my stance when the issue is about corruption. When it is white, I say it as it is and black too, I will not change position”, he told host.


The then Government’s decision to spend GHc3.6 million of Ghana’s oil revenue on branding some 116 Metro Mass Transit (MMT) buses in 2015, was widely criticized and described as reckless.

The scandal compelled the Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor to resign after a massive public outcry.

Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah at the time subsequently ordered the Attorney General to investigate the matter after which Smarttys was ordered to refund the excess payments made.

Smarttys was subsequently asked to repay nearly half of the amount, which government said was an over-payment.

A leaked Attorney General’s investigation report suggested that the contract with Smarttys was commenced and concluded long before the procurement process started; a conduct that violated the nation’s procurement laws.




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