A leading member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has cautioned the Akufo-Addo government not to use the issue of missing cars at the Presidency as an excuse to procure new vehicles.
Kwame Jantuah said that would be disappointing as their behaviour would not have been any different from the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of John Mahama.
Speaking on the issue of over 200 vehicles reported to have gone missing at the presidency on JOYNEWS/Joy FM’s news analysis program, Newsfile Saturday, he registered his disappointment with the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government for not prioritising the office of the Administrator General.
Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has revealed there are 208 cars missing from the Flagstaff House pool of vehicles.
The revelations come shortly after the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government set up a task-force to retrieve state assets unlawfully being held by individuals.
But Mr Jantuah believes a well-resourced Administrator General’s office would have done a better job of giving information about the whereabouts of the missing vehicles.
He said the nation finds itself in the current quagmire of reported missing vehicles partly because the Administrator General is not well resourced to go about his duties of keeping stock of state assets.
“If it so happened that the previous government did nothing about his [Administer General] office, is it not the responsibility of this government that the first thing the office is resourced. They should ensure that everything that he needs to work is in place” he said.
‘Cock and bulls story’
Also on the programme was former Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi, George Loh, who disagreed with reports from the Presidency that the vehicles were not handed over by the last administration.
“This cock and bull story would not take us anywhere. We have had a transition based on law and there is an Administrator General who has given transition documents to the transition team,” he argued.
“This joke where they [new government] want to use propaganda tool to purchase new cars and do whatever it is that thy want to do we are aware,” he stated.
He said with the chassis numbers the said missing vehicles can be found because there is a record of whoever is using a state vehicle adding “all that they [government] are doing is cooked up…I am so convinced about that because state vehicles are not popcorn that when you eat and it goes away.”
He revealed that at the last cabinet meeting the former President John Mahama ordered all his ministers and those using a state vehicle to return them adding that “I know several people who immediately returned their cars and took taxis home.”