The government, in 2023, would take strigent measures to ensure that public finances are used judiciously.
In line with this, the government would ban the use of V8/V6 cars except for cross country travel. Ken Ofori Atta, the Finance Minister said this when he spoke on the floor of Parliament as part of the reading of the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
“All MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to Political Appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs by 50%. This directive applies to all methods of fuel allocation including coupons, electronic cards, chit system, and fuel depots. Accordingly, 50% of the previous years (2022) budget allocation for fuel shall be earmarked for official business pertaining to MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs; a ban on the use of V8s/V6s or its equivalent except for cross country travel. All government vehicles would be registered with GV green number plates from January 2023; Limited budgetary allocation for the purchase of vehicles. For the avoidance of doubt, purchase of new vehicles shall be restricted to locally assembled vehicles; Only essential official foreign travel across government including SOEs shall be allowed. No official foreign travel shall be allowed for board members. Accordingly, all government institutions should submit a travel plan for the year
2023 by mid-December of all expected travels to the Chief of Staff.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana