In my office most of the time, we have to do dispatches with ‘Okada’ and taxis from our own pockets - Transition Administrator-General

In my office most of the time, we have to do dispatches with ‘Okada’ and taxis from our own pockets - Transition Administrator-General

Ghana's transition team faces some serious difficulty, as the office has no official vehicles and staff are forced to use commercial motorbikes locally referred to as Okada.

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Transition office has no car, forced to use Okada

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Ghana's transition team may face some serious challenges as the office of the Administrator General, the office charged to take the government through a smooth transition from President Mahama's National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to that of Nana Akufo Addo's New Patriotic one lacks basic resources.

According to reports, the office works with no car and is also understaffed. Even though an amendment of the Transition Act was passed in parliament in October this year, the problem still persists.

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According to Administer General, David Yaro, the office operates at a handicapped state, making it difficult for it to carry out its mandated task of taking stock of resources like vehicles, housing, furnishing, etc.

“Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to do our work. The volume of work is such that, it should have been commiserated by the resources, unfortunately, we don’t have the resources. A big office like that, we don’t have a single vehicle to make movement. If I am to go and check the authenticity of anything, I am crippled… I don’t have a vehicle; and in my office most of the time, we have to do dispatches with ‘Okada’ and taxis from our own pockets."

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Mr. Yaro also complained that his office is also understaffed, saying that the office was in need of IT skilled individuals in order to carry out certain office tasks.

“I have one director of administration and two junior officers. So with this magnitude of work, I need to have very easy and experienced officers to be able to help me keep the database. I need an ICT specialist and information officer and a Public Relations Officer who can project the office."

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Transition office has no car, forced to use Okada

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