Documents presently before the Sierra Leone Commercial Fast Track Court on a matter between RDC Ghana and Ali Abess is said to have implicated the complainant, who filed a lawsuit against a local contractor.
RDC Ghana accused Ali Abess of owing them One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars on the procurement of the 50 Golden Dragon Buses for school going pupils, which is part of the ‘‘Free Quality Education Project’’ initiated and launched by President Julius Maada Bio.
The questions being asked by many Sierra Leoneans is how did RDC Ghana, which was never part of the contract for the 50 buses, metamorphosed into a sub-contractor and is now demanding for a commission of over one point eight million dollars from the local contractor who won the bid.
According to the documents submitted before the court, Golden Dragon, in a letter written to the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, requested through the ministry for the local contractor Ali Abess to make direct payment to them (manufacturer of the Golden Dragon Buses). This came about after RDC Ghana failed to abide by the agreement in the payment of the 50 Golden Dragon buses, after it had claimed to be Agent/Dealer for Golden Dragon products in Africa. It is understood that RDC Ghana in connivance with some senior ministers in the Bio government, drafted a different contract value for the 50 buses, far from what the Chinese Manufacturer had charged. The said document was used by RDC as front to incur unnecessary burden on the government to pay for the 50 buses at a higher price far outweighing the actual costs.
This was well stage managed by RDC and cohorts into letting the government believe that the contract value of over five million dollars was the cost for the 50 buses. The long awaited 200 Golden Dragon Buses expected from the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Transport and Aviation and RDC Ghana is reported to have gone missing in action. The MOU which was signed between RDC Ghana and Transport Ministry over twenty months ago in China, has become a pipe dream; especially when the supplier is said to have reneged, and now wants to secure another contract. Those who know much about RDC Ghana have intimated this medium that the Ghanaian company does not have the financial capacity to undertake or pre-finance such a project (procurement of two hundred buses).
Times SL gathered that the Government of President Bio is worried over the shame and disgrace that the minister of transport and former NCP chairman had brought on them. RDC Ghana, which only surfaced in China with a fake promise of being the Africa dealer/sales representative of Golden Dragon, hoodwinked the SLPP-led Government of President Bio to believe that they can provide the buses. Their failure to undertake and pre-finance 30% of the project has resulted in the delay in the delivery of the 200.