Suffice it to say that the National Democratic Congress had so many avenues to syphon taxpayers’ monies into their pockets and one such vehicle was the awarding of contracts.
It would be an understatement to say that contract sums were inflated under the erstwhile John Mahama administration. As a matter of fact, what were witnessed went beyond inflation of contracts.
The New Patriotic Party, in the run-up to the 2016 elections, vowed to reverse the obnoxious phenomenon of the then NDC government inflating contract sums, and it is gratifying to note that that promise is being kept by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration.
The NDC, in its bid to build the infrastructure that would enable mobile money transactions across various networks, dubbed mobile money interoperability, contracted Sibton Switch Systems to set up the system which would be managed by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS).
It would interest Ghanaians to know that the NDC government gave the contract to Sibton at a whopping sum of 4.6 billion cedis.
Though tongues started wagging across the country, deaf ears were paid to those genuine concerns.
The contract sum appeared outrageous, and the government then, on many occasions and on several platforms, attempted to justify that figure.