The government has announced it has acquired 100 Toyota Corolla vehicles in addition to 34 luxury cars worth $8.8 million for the Ghana Police Service and other purposes.
According to the government, it decided to “retool” the police service after reducing the number of VIP vehicles ordered by the Mahama administration from 43 to 34.
“We have renegotiated the terms of the contract in the following manner; 1. We have reduced the number of vehicles ordered from 43 to 34, which is nine short of the original number.
“2. In place of the nine, we have acquired 100 Toyota Corolla cars for use by the Police Service in line with our commitment to retool the Police Service to enable them play effectively, their role of protecting the Ghanaian people.
“3. We have done all this with a total amount of 8.8 million United States Dollars,” the Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid told the media on Tuesday, February 06, 2018.
He added: “This decision is consistent with our approach towards contracts that we came to meet, where if possible, we have renegotiated the terms to make them more favourable to the Ghanaian people.
“In the Ministry of Education for example, we renegotiated the cost of printing textbooks, which the former government had signed with printers. Instead of 134 million cedis, we renegotiated downwards to 89 million cedis. It is in this same spirt that the Finance Minister asked the Auditor General to audit the financial liabilities that had been bequeathed to us, and which has revealed that some 5.4 billion cedis of legacy debts are dodgy.”
Below is the full statement on the VIP Fleet:
GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON ACCEPTANCE OF VIP FLEET IMPORTED BY THE FORMER GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT MAHAMA
We have invited you this morning to the Ministry of Information to update you on government’s position regarding 43 VIP fleet of vehicles that were ordered by the government of President Mahama on the 3rd of January 2017, just days before handing over power to the government of President Akufo-Addo.