General News of Thu, 31 Aug 201728

It's not an ordinary dustbin - Jospong justifies ¢258 price

The Jospong Group of Companies says the $60 per unit cost [equivalent of ¢258] it charged the past government for the provision of one million bins and 900,000 bin liners in 2016, at $15.6 per piece was appropriate.

The Group said the cost of raw materials for the production, distribution and transportation of bins to households were factored in the overall calculation, though distribution was not captured in the original contract.

Communications Manager for Zoomlion Ghana, Robert Coleman said the Local Government Ministry was aware the dustbins would not be ordinary before it went ahead to award the contract.

He said the company used "virgin materials" in the manufacturing of the bins.

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“Bins are manufactured based on raw materials [and] we are talking about a contract that we needed to distribute the bins to the households and we charged transportation,” he told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story Thursday.

Mr Coleman’s argument contradicts the content of a pro forma invoice Joy News secured from the Universal Plastic Product and Recycling Company Limited (UPPRCL), a subsidiary of Jospong Group.

The group's invoice to Local Government Ministry stated that the cost was for bins and transportation, but it does not include distribution.

In the invoice, the company quoted ¢150 as the unit cost for a 240 litre bin, the size of the one supplied government under the contract in which the companies charged ¢258.

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