A graphic designer Mr. Kwaku Owusu Boateng has in an interview with the host of frontline on Rainbow Radio, Kwame Tutu stated that the cost of re-branding a Metro Mass Transit Bus will only cost GHC 5000- GHC 8000 per one if it is done in bulk.
Government spent about GHC 3,649,044 on rebranding 116 buses for the Metro Mass Rapid Transit (MMRT) imported to improve the transport system in the country.
This was revealed by the Minority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on the floor of Parliament when he was contributing to the debate to approve the budget statement. He said the re-branding for each of the buses cost GHC 31,457.28, leading to a total of GHC 3,649,044.75 for the 116 buses.
However Mr. Kwaku Owusu Boateng said the cost of re-branding the buses is too expensive and suspects that the figure may have being bloated.
Asked whether he was not lying about the price he quoted, he said no because the ‘’one way vision’’ used to re-brand the buses may not cost over GHC 8000 maximum including material and other cost.
He explained that using a sticker may even cost the producer cheaper to do.
He said he was shocked when he heard the price for re-branding the buses because it was disappointing and discouraging when there are experts who could have done the job better.
Mr. Boateng indicated to Kwame Tutu that Ghana has been robbed with this outrageous figure and has called for a probe into the work done because he suspect a foul play.
He questioned whether the President, His Excellency John Mahama is aware of what goes on within the various institutions and what they do with our resources.
This unacceptable, this extremely expensive and an act of corruption and I charge Ghanaians especially journalist to investigate this deal. It is disappointing for me as an artist to hear that such a huge amount of money was spent in re-branding these buses, he noted.
He expressed his worry on how government keep on giving out contracts to foreigners when there are Ghanaians who are equally qualified to do so.