As we showed earlier, the Ministry of Transport, went to the Public Procurement Authority for 2 approvals:
1. to give the branding contract to Smarttys and Smarttys alone (without allowing any other bid), and
2. to approve the contract sum in excess of GHS3.6m.
But as we know, the branding had already been completed. Over a month earlier! And, the Ministry of Transport had already communicated the contract sum to the Ministry of Finance (with a demand for payment to Smarttys), even before Smarttys was invited to provide a quotation for the contract.
So the Ministry’s officials had to lie, conjure reasons why these approvals should be given. They gave 4 main reasons in the 28th July 2015 letter. Here is the letter…