In their insatiable quest to find classmates in the school of corruption, the opposition NDC, courtesy their ill-minded party members at the Metro Mass Transit outfit, have leaked a document about buses the outfit has bought.
The Daewoo-manufactured high quality and inter-city buses together cost $8,750,000. 50 buses were bought at a price tag of $175,000 per bus.
The NDC, as usual, is in town, with their lamentations, shouting corruption at the top of their voices.
The impression being created is that the deal does not only smack of corruption but also displays the insensitivity of the Akufo-Addo administration towards the plights of Ghanaians.
They claim that this deal is unprecedented in terms of the cost involved and that, to them, the prices of the buses have been inflated. Someone, they say, has pocketed huge sums of money from what they describe as a sweetheart deal.
Checks with the Korean manufacturers indicate that the claim of the prices having been inflated is false.
The facts, as contained in the document with this story would point to a reverse of their claim.
A few facts with respect to the procurement of buses for agencies of state in the past clearly show that the $175,000 priced Daewoo bus is the cheapest to have been bought by the Ghanaian government with respect to the NDC and NPP.
In 2014, 200 Liaoning Huaunghai buses were procured by the Mahama administration. Each bus cost us $200,152.32. It must also be emphasized that these buses are intra-city ones, and they are low in terms of quality.
In 2015, some 295 Scania buses were bought by the Mahama administration with each bus costing us $296,983. These buses are also intra-city ones with low-quality parts.
Looking at these facts, one can soundly and unequivocally state that the corruption tag from the NDC in relation to these Daewoo buses is misplaced.
As a matter of fact, the Metro Mass Transit/Transport Ministry has saved this country a lot of money buying these buses at these price points.
Once again, the propagandistic sermons of the NDC in relation to these buses and their prices have been torpedoed.
P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.