Dr Ayew Afriyie, Member of Parliament for Asokore Mampong has called on the national security to as a matter of urgency review the decision by President Akufo Addo not to purchase a car for his official use, saying that it is "unhealthy" for the president to use a 'rickety' car.
"Yes, the president is a modest man but his security should be our topmost priority and so the national security must at least vary the order and get suitable and safe car for the president". Dr Ayew Afriyie who is a medical doctor made the passionate appeal when he appeared on the national agenda on Oman Fm yesterday.
According to the medical doctor and legislator, it would be a crime against humanity to allow the president use the old cars available to him now because he needs to work in a conducive atmosphere
"In the public sector value of a car depreciates by 25% every year so why let the President use a 10yr old car"
The President is using a 2007 model vehicle while Chief Directors and other public servants change their cars every four years, "so why let the President keep his car for that long", he quizzed.
The Chief of Staff recently issued a directive to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) not to purchase new vehicles.
A correspondence from the Presidency signed by Chief of Staff Frema Osei Opare said the MDAs should use the “existing fleet of vehicles in their respective transport pools”.
The letter added that the said ban would be in force until further notice.
However, the letter noted that special exemption would be made for MDAs in dire need of vehicles.
Meanwhile, government says although it received a list of 707 state vehicles from the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, it still cannot locate 234 vehicles.
Nii Ayikoi Otoo who was the Chairman of the Executive Assets Subcommittee of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Transition Team told media men that the list of 707 included 176 V8s, 53 Toyota Landcruiser Prados, Saloon vehicles, Ambulances.
But in total, the government has in its custody 473 state vehicles.
Source: New Crusading Guide
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