Smarttys Management and Productions, the company headed by Selassie Ibrahim; has denied any involvement in the $92m rural electrification deal that passed parliament Monday.
In a statement released Tuesday, the company said that reports tying them to the deal were ‘mischievous’ and ‘defamatory’, and threatened to sue media houses who run the story.
According to the statement, the company’s sole involvement was to provide PR services to Hunon Construction Engineering Group, the Chinese firm tasked with carrying out the electrification.
The deal, which was passed by the legislature on Monday, raised some concerns amongst the minority about the involvement of Smartty’s, especially coming on the heels of the bus branding fiasco.
We also wondered how government could hand Smartty’s another contract in the light of what we know from the Metro Mass Branding deal. Smarttys, however, maintain they played no part in the eventual deal.
Read the statement below…
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports mischievously associating our clients, Selassie Ibrahim and Smartty’s management and productions Limited with a supposed $92m contract under the national electrification project.
“Our client dissociate themselves from the execution of an any such contract between the government of Ghana and the other indicated party, China Hunan construction engineering group or any such entity. Our clients are not parties to the contract as reported in sections of the media.
Our clients have, when requested at various times provided merely public relations services for China Hunan construction engineering group. This does not elevate our clients to the status of parties to the contract executed by the government of Ghana. Take note that we have the full instructions of our clients to institute legal action against any person and media house that persists in the publication or republication of the clearly defamatory and damaging media report. Indeed, we are filing suit promptly against the Media houses that carried the unfortunate untruth masquerading as a verified story”.
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