General News of Thu, 4 May 201715
We don’t owe Metro Mass GHC1.9m - Kofi Adams
Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has denied the party owes Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT) to the tune of GHS1,921,896.99 for services it rendered the party during the 2016 election campaign.
A Daily Guide report on Thursday said the NDC had allegedly hired a total of 506 buses for its 2016 campaign but sources say the party only paid GHS410,000 out of the GH¢1,921,896.99 debt.
But speaking to Kojo Asare-Baffour Acheampong (KABA) on Ekosii Sen on Asempa FM, Mr Adams admitted the party hired the services of the state transporter but did not owe it to the tune of GHS1.921,869.99.
According to him, the arrangement was that MMT would calculate their charge on fare basis rather than on charter basis.
Mr Adams told KABA: “I’m not sure Metro Mass will say we owe them to the tune of GHS1.9million. Yes, we had an arrangement with Metro Mass on a project called Ghana Decides. We agreed from December 1 to 7 they would pick people from various points to some destinations. The arrangement was on fare basis and not on hiring basis.
“I led the discussions on behalf of my party and the campaign. So we gave them points to meet the passengers. We had coordinators at the various regions that coordinated the transport arrangements. After the project, they brought a bill without details and I told them that it was agreed they pick people up on fare basis, but the bill they brought was as if we had rented or hired the buses – which was not the agreement.
“I, therefore, asked for an itemised bill because it would be based on that that they would calculate the fare but they have not brought us any bill since then.”
Mr Adams also confirmed the party paid GHS410,000 deposit to the Metro Mass and agreed with the company that should their bill after the project exceed the amount, they would top up and if it were lower than that, the company would pay the balance.