By Frank Amponsah
The President, His Excellency Nana Addo-Danquah Akufo-Addo has placed a ban on the purchase of State vehicles by government officials when they are leaving office as government officials.
According to the President, the people of Ghana are facing difficult times and for that matter, his government will not overburden the national purse with the purchase of new vehicles.
Speaking to the media after a three days colloquium to review his government’s performance in his first three months and also decide on the future and progress of work at Peduase in the Eastern Region the President indicated that the policy by previous governments where officials are allowed to buy state or official vehicles upon exit of power, had run the nation into serious problems hence, his determination to ensure an end to such a policy.
The President’s decision to ban the purchase of state vehicles by government officials after leaving office, was moved by reports after the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government left office that, its ministers had purchased the state vehicles that were listed as missing by the new government.
‘I have put a ban, for the meantime, on the purchase of new vehicles no matter how dilapidated the cars in the fleet are; we have to make do with them. You will agree with me that these are difficult times for the Ghanaian people,’ he said.
He also stressed that, no official under his leadership will have the luxury of buying official car, saying ‘Nobody is going to have that capacity anymore.’
President Akufo-Addo also called on the people of Ghana to support his government so that collectively, Ghana can be moved forward in the right direction.
‘We have also shown our determination to strengthen the bond of cooperation among us. If government must succeeds it must be through team work and the Ghanaian people will have to support us in that regard.’
He is confident that, his government which is determined to do the things it promised the good people of Ghana has begun in earnest, putting measures in place to achieve and make all its promises come to pass for the growth and development of the country.
Delta Force issues
On this issue, the President stated that the State Institutions in charge have the capacity to handle the situation and called on the people of Ghana to exercise patient and have confidence in the security service to deliver for justice and the rule of law to prevail.