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Gyampo: Use US$28 million car loan for MPs to fix hospitals

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday presented a loan agreement for US$28 million to Parliament for the purchase of 275 vehicles for MPs

Professor Ransford Gyampo, an associate professor at the University of Ghana has kicked against a US$28 million loan facility to purchase vehicles for MPs.

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday presented a loan agreement for US$28 million to Parliament for the purchase of 275 vehicles for lawmakers.

Each MP is expected to receive over US$100,000 to procure a vehicle.

However, Prof Gyampo believes such expenses are needless when most health facilities in the country such as the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital are facing challenges.

“On the loans for MPs to procure new vehicles, this is sad and only goes to typify our feature as extravagant poor people. Some public officials purchase second-hand vehicles that are 10 years old and still pride themselves with the “newness” of such vehicles which they call “brand new second-hand”. Other public officials keep their official vehicles for four years and purchase them at a pittance afterwards,” he posted on Facebook.

‘Wasteful purpose’

“If loans can truly be sourced for this very wastefully needless purpose of buying brand new vehicles, such a facility must be given to the Korlebu Teaching Hospital to procure needed health infrastructure, and bill patients who go use such facilities to defray the loan.”

Prof Gyampo said such loan facilities should be advanced to only new MPs.

“The fact that the loan may be re-paid by the MPs shouldn’t be the focus of any discussion. For, as constituent servants, MPs cannot continue to live in luxury whiles hospitals for their constituents remain death traps. If there is any loan facility, it must be given to only new MPs.”

Fred Dzakpata

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