The Minority spokesperson on Energy, KT Hammond has revealed that the former Minister of Energy, Dr Joe Oteng Adjei is still using one of the luxurious vehicles that were bought with the money meant for electricity extension project.
He asserted that, “My understanding is that for all his worries, he [Dr Oteng Adjei] decided to keep one of the Lexus cars to himself. As we talk Oteng Adjei is using one of them.” The Ministry of Power justified the decision to purchase luxurious vehicles with money allocated for electricity expansion project saying it was necessary and that it saved the country $46 million following an audit of the project.
According to an audit report presented to Parliament, the then Ministry of Energy and Petroleum spent $1,745, 159 on 38 luxurious vehicles from a US$350 million US EXIM facility meant to extend electricity to about 1,200 communities between 2010 and 2012.
The Ministry of Power explained that negotiations for the project started in 2006 and ended in 2009 after going through cabinet and Parliament. Speaking on Eyewitness News, KT Hammond insisted that though the New Patriotic Party (NPP) initiated the US EXIM facility it never included the purchasing of luxurious vehicles adding that “what was brought to Parliament at the time did not include acquisition of Chrysler or Lexus.”
[Credit: Citi FM]