The government imposes a moratorium on vehicle purchases
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Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced on Wednesday March 23, 2022 a moratorium on the purchase of imported cars for the official use of government officials.
The finance minister’s announcement is part of measures adopted after a cabinet meeting to alleviate the current challenges in the Ghanaian economy.
“With immediate effect, the government has imposed a complete moratorium on the purchase of imported vehicles for the rest of the year. This will affect all new orders, especially 4WD. We will ensure that the overall effect or reduce total public sector vehicle purchases by at least 50% for the period,” he said.
It will not, however, be the first time the government has imposed a ban on the purchase and import of vehicles for use by state officials, as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made a similar announcement in 2017. .
The President right after a four-day cabinet meeting justified the need for the ban by noting that Ghanaians were going through hard times at the time.
“I have prohibited for the time being the purchase of any new vehicle by members of this government. No matter how old the vehicles in our fleet are, we’re going to have to make do with them.
“These are difficult times for the people of Ghana and we should be seen to act and respect that,” he said.
The President further announced that, as was the norm, state officials were no longer permitted to purchase official vehicles.
“A policy that has worked so far and has run into a lot of problems because of the way it has been abused, which is that officials can buy official cars. This policy will no longer work. No officials will not have the ability to buy an official car. No one will have that ability anymore,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Following the Finance Minister’s recent announcement, several references were made to the 2017 presidential directive.
Some critics say the president and his government failed to adhere to the 2017 directive, casting doubt on the government’s commitment to the recent moratorium imposed on the import of cars for official use.
In a recent radio interview, the secretary general of the opposition National Democratic Congress party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, accused the current government of not being trustworthy when it comes to keeping its word.
“We were all in this country when the government announced that officials would no longer import Land Cruisers and they would use the existing ones. This same government has now moved from Land Cruisers to Lexus and others. Check the number of Land Cruisers that this government has imported and compare with previous governments; you will find that the number this government has imported is double what all previous governments combined have imported,” he said in reference to the President’s announcement in 2017.
Asiedu Nketia noted that despite the measures announced by the government to cut spending and increase revenue, there is no mechanism to ensure that the government delivers on its promises.
“For all the things he mentioned, there is no mechanism for anyone to verify anything. Another problem is that people no longer believe the government when it comes to keeping its promise. “, did he declare.