THE controversy surrounding the number of vehicles at the presidency is getting murkier as it has emerged that the previous government provided three different figures.
Clearly, the attempt to clarify the issues led to disparities in figures raising more questions than answers.
678 – Administrator General
The Administrator General, David Yaro, has publicly stated that the immediate past government documented and handed over a total of 678 vehicles even though his office did not take physical inventory of the cars.
He said former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, submitted the document to his office.
According to him, the list of about 678 vehicles that were supposed to be at the presidency was arrived at based on information provided by state agencies in the previous Mahama-led administration.
426 – Head of Logistics at presidency
On the other hand, a document handed over to President Nana Akufo-Addo’s side of the transition team by one Sulley Abubakar, Head of Logistics at the presidency in the former administration, indicated that there were a total of 426 vehicles at the Flagstaff House.
619 – Former Deputy Chief of Staff
To make matters worse, former Deputy Chief of Staff in the erstwhile Mahama administration, Mr Johnny Kofi Osei, provided a list of 641 as the total number of vehicles handed over to the Akufo-Addo government by the Mahama government.
In this list were found some repetitions reducing the number to 619 vehicles.
In this confusion, the Akufo-Addo government said it met only a total of 218 vehicles at the presidency.
Out of this, the Akufo-Addo government said 173 are “serviceable” and 45 “abandoned at a place called ‘Kosovo’” in a “completely shattered and broken down” state.
Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, announced last Thursday that in all about 208 state vehicles, including Toyota four-wheel-drives and saloon cars, could not be accounted for.
Former government officials have responded by publishing documents they handed to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, documents that are different from those presented by the Administrator-General’s office.
By Elvis DARKO, Accra
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