A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament shows that former minister for roads and highway Joe Gidisu requested on having a BMW saloon car just so he inspects the Achimota-Ofankor highway in Accra.
The report which has ignited anger among some members of parliament reveals how the $160.503,76 saloon vehicle was among several demands the former minister requested from contractors of the Achimota-Ofankor highway project including an insistence to renovate state offices under the ministry. PAC reveals that the project which was being funded by the government of Ghana with the China Railway Wuju (group) corporation as lead contractors overshot its original budget by over 200 percent.
“Items considered to be unrelated expenditure; cardinal among them was the purchase of a BMW- 2010 model saloon car at $160.503,76 with an associated one year insurance. Other expenditure deemed to be unrelated to project are head office backstopping (GHC50,000), psoting allowances for 13 GHA staff transferred to head office (GHC34,764.73): conversion of GHA’s archive base into offices and renovation of CEO’s office (GHC33,225.62) and participation of four staff in Urban transportation course at KNUST (GHC2,400),” excerpts of the report stated.
Meanwhile parliament is yet to set up a committee to interrogate government over the troubling revelation as questions of financial malfeasance and embezzlement are most likely be to raised.