- Officials of the ministry of agriculture angered members of the Public Accounts Committee of parliament for selling state vehicles below their market value
- Some of the vehicles were sold for as little as GHc1000
- The ministry hired an auctioneer who contravened the auction laws in determining the prices of the vehicles
Officials of the ministry of agriculture were on Wednesday grilled by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for selling some vehicles of the ministry below market value.
The ministry is said to have colluded with a private auctioneer to auction 24 vehicles to mostly staff of the ministry at very low prices.
The auctioneer, Alex Adjei, is said to have to have contravened the auction laws in determining the prices for the vehicles, which were mostly double cabin pick-ups.
Adjei pocketed GH¢33,203 as his seven percent commission on the sale of the vehicles, according to a report by the Daily Guide.
The report said some of the vehicles were sold for GH¢1,000 each.
A Nissan Patrol S/W with registration number GV 1285 U was auctioned for GH¢4,000, while a Nissan double cabin pick-up with registration number GV 1481 U was sold at GH¢2,000.
A Mitsubishi double cabin pick-up went for GH¢1,000.
A Galaxy motorcycle was sold for GH¢30 while an FY motorcycle also went for GH¢50.
Members of the appointments committee strongly condemned the deal, prompting officials of the ministry to apologise for not following laid-down procedures in auctioning the vehicles.
Adjei, the auctioneer also confessed that before he began the auctioning process, the vehicles had already been allocated at fixed prices to staff of the ministry.
The ranking member of the committee, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, suggested that since Adjei did not do his work, he should be made to return the commission he earned on the auction.
But he pleaded with the committee to have mercy on him and forgive him.
He said he had learned his lesson and would not repeat the mistake.
The development has provoked outrage in a section of the public.
One netizen, Sertowu, said it was time Ghana got another prison to deal with corrupt public officials.
"We need another prison in addition to Nsawam. Ghanaians are suffering to eat and drink water. They work hard to make ends meet and these thieves are stealing everything with impunity. Let;;s retrieve these vehicles and re-auction them at the appropriate price," he said.
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