President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has slapped a ban on his ministers and other appointees from buying a state vehicle during their tenure in office.
“A policy that has worked so far which has run into a lot of problems because of the way it has been abused is that officials can buy official cars. That policy will no longer work. No official is going to have the opportunity to buy any official car so that we put an end to where is the car. Nobody is going to have that capacity anymore,” President Akufo-Addo noted when addressing journalists at the Peduase Lodge, Monday.
The President, his ministers and other state officials, had convened at the Presidential Palace to review the performance of the government having spent some three months if office.
The three-day event also afforded the state officials the opportunity to strengthen the bond that existed between them.
The comments of the President come after the controversy over some states vehicles that were declared missing after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration took over power from the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) and took inventory of the fleet of vehicles left behind by the Mahama-led administration.
It was revealed that some previous government officials under the Mahama-led administration were allowed to acquire their official state vehicles before the NDC government handed over power.
President Akufo-Addo commenting further also reiterated his government’s ban on the purchase of new vehicles for members of his administration.
“I have put a ban for the time being on the purchase of new vehicles for members of this government. No matter how dilapidated vehicles that are in our fleet, we are going to make do with them. These are difficult times for the Ghanaian people,” he stated.
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