It is criminal for former government officials to possess state vehicles – Oduro Osae


Dr. Eric Oduro Osae, Dean of Institute of Local Government Studies, has chastised former government officials who still have in their custody state vehicles, describing the conduct as criminal. He advocated the Administrator General’s office should have access to the register comprising information of those data.

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, earlier this week revealed that there are over 200 cars unaccounted for at the Flagstaff House’s vehicle pool following the change in government on January 7, 2017. He said this was detected after the assessment of five car models in the car pool inventory of the Flagstaff House.

Meanwhile the NDC had argued that it left Akufo-Addo with four bulletproof vehicles. “It must be placed on record that the use of the BMWs and his personal vehicle if it is true, is not due to the non-availability of presidential vehicles. It is clearly a choice that he made on his own accord. Among the vehicles handed over to the NPP team were two bulletproof saloon cars and two bulletproof cross country vehicles specifically dedicated to the use of the President? Both sets of bulletproof vehicles are relatively new and in good condition for the transportation of the President,” a statement signed by former Chief of Staff, Johnny Osei Kofi explained.

Speaking on Agoo fm’s “Ene nso biem” with Eugene Akoto Bamfo the Government and Local Government expert argued that the out gone government failed to provide handing over notes 30 days before the elections as stipulated in the Presidential Transition Act and so there was no proper validation. The Tax lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Expert and Chartered Accountant further urged the Nana Addo – Dr. Bawumiah led administration to be proactive blaming the current situation on malfunction of government institutions especially the Administrator General’s department describing the office as handicapped.

He also admonished the style of governance by politicians advising the president to take steps to decrease number of cars and other logistics at the presidency so that fastidious disciplinarian approach would eventually be extended to the ministries admitting the fact that the presidency houses an avalanche of institutions with various state functions. He advocated for the strengthening of office of Administrator General and Estate Unit of the presidency proposing for data access validation exercise annually. He also called for the need to involve the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation to provide effective assistance. Dr. Eric Oduro Osae opined that the law must be applied effectively and culprits prosecuted.

Source:Agoo News/Ghana