The government of Ghana has reportedly taken delivery of some bulletproof cars meant for use by the President and others at the presidency.
Government in a statement said they renegotiated to cut the number of vehicles for the presidency from 43 to 34 and bought 100 Toyota Corollas in place of the nine luxury cars.
According to a statement signed by the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, “We have done all this with a total amount of 8.8 million United States Dollars”.
This indicates a saving of $300,000 from the initial figure of a $9.1million.
The out gone National Democratic Congress (NDC) government reportedly ordered the supply of 43 specialized vehicles worth more than $9.1m in their final days in office.
The vehicles being procured are meant for use by the President, Vice-President, First Lady and others at the presidency, a document signed by former Deputy National Security Coordinator, Alhaji Salifu Osman said.
The Nana Addo government initially declined the procurement of the luxurious vehicles after being sworn into power, explaining that the prices were exorbitant.
However, it appears the stance of government has changed after 34 out of the initial 43 were delivered this week.
The report further claims that government took deliveries of the special vehicles after reaching an agreement with the suppliers to buy them at a reduced cost.
According to government it has saved $300,000 after renegotiation a $9.1million deal to purchase some bulletproof vehicles for the presidency.
Below is a statement issued by the Information Minister:
GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON ACCEPTANCE OF VIP FLEET IMPORTED BY THE FORMER GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT MAHAMA
"I hereby report to the Ghanaian people through you, that government has accepted the VIP fleet, having come to the conclusion that:
1. Government is bound by the terms of the contract signed with Amalgamated Securities Limited
2. Abrogating the contract may incur significant liabilities for government.
In doing so, government has however made sure to obtain maximum gain for the public purse and also for ensuring the security of the state. The government of President Mahama ordered 43 VIP vehicles at a cost of 9.1 million United States Dollars.
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."
Hon. Mustapha Hamid
Minister for Information