Information reaching YEN.com.gh reveals that a whopping $3 million (equivalent to GH¢ 16,500,000.00) budget was earmarked and actually approved for the Tamale event.
If anyone ever thought that the expenses incurred during Ghana at 60 Celebrations were shocking and outrageous, the budget for the Ghana at 62 Celebrations held in Tamale on March 6, 2019, would make them go mad.
From street paintings to flag hoisting, grass-trimming to hotel bookings, the motive of fleecing the state was the signature investigations revealed all over this event.
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According to XYZ reports, a memo intercepted marked CONFIDENTIAL revealed that $3 million (equivalent to GH¢ 16,500,000.00) budget was earmarked and actually approved for the Tamale event.
The memo with attachments, from the Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister, revealed a list of overpriced items and contracts given to one party bigwig after the other.
One of the most amazing items was the Provision of 10,000 pieces of umbrellas budgeted at Gh¢ 1,160,000.00, making each umbrella cost Gh¢ 116.00. Refreshment for 20,000 spectators was budgeted to cost Gh¢ 2,000,000.00 with refreshment for each spectator costing the tax payer Gh¢ 100.00.
Transportation for chiefs and clerics (Islamic and Christian) costs a whooping Gh¢ 1,200,000.00 with hotel accommodation for government officials costing the tax payer a whooping Gh¢ 1,500,000.00.
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One of the most outrageous expenses incurred was that of the hotel accommodation for the Northern Regional Minister, who already lived in the region. Salifu Saeed’s hotel accommodation for just a night was listed at Gh¢11,350.00.
The cost of toilet papers for additional portable toilets placed around the stadium was budgeted at Gh¢ 216,432.60. While ‘Party Security’ was also budgeted at a cost of Gh¢ 115,000.00 with many other outrageous quotations.
It is worthy to note that days before the event was held, some individuals asked government spokespersons to abreast the nation with the cost involved in holding this year’s Independence Day outside Accra, to no avail.
Our investigations have revealed that the Seat of Government is divided over the budget for the event, the reasons for which government communicators were tight-lipped on the exact cost of the event.
These revelations are raising questions on the need to proceed on the hint of the president to rotate the hosting of Independence Day Celebrations across the regions other than the national capital, Accra.
The event itself was filled with a spectacular display of rich Ghanaian culture laced with a show of special military force and skills alongside series of jolly displays from the Ghana Police and the other security agencies.
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