An associate professor with the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampoh, has called into question the commitment to duty of Ghana’s Administrator General, David Yaro.
Prof. Gyampoh, speaking on Saturday, described the alleged missing of about 200 state vehicles as a national monumental shame.
He said the saga showed a total disregard of keeping records of national assets and blamed Mr. Yaro for failing to do his job in the reported case of missing cars at the presidency.
The Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin, has revealed there were 200 cars missing from the Flagstaff House pool of vehicles.
The revelations came shortly after the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government set up a task-force to retrieve state assets allegedly being kept by individuals.
Prof. Gyampoh said: “I am aware the Administrator General was given a list and I do not like how he is going about it.
As an Administrator General who is also supposed to be a stock taker of the Presidential Transition Act, it tells us that he could not do his work.”
He said it is a shame for the Administrator General to go public about the failure to do his job, considering that there is a mismatch in the numbers being reported.
“When you are given a list, it is incumbent on you to go and check and be sure so that you are able to write it down and say ‘they told me they have 100 vehicles when I went I saw only 50′,” he argued.
Regarding the issue of the Administrator General not being well resourced, Prof. Gyampoh said it was not a good enough excuse then for Mr. Yaro to go about running commentary in the media when he failed to do the physical verification.
Mr. Kwame Jantuah, a leading member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) further backed the call to have an efficient working Administrator General’s office.
Mr. Jantuah said a well-resourced Administrator General’s office would have done a better job of giving information about the whereabouts of the reported missing vehicles.
He said the nation found itself in the current quagmire of reported missing vehicles partly because the Administrator General is not well resourced to go about his duties of keeping stock of state assets.
“If it happened that the previous government did nothing about the Administer General’s office, is it not the responsibility of this government that the first thing is that the office is resourced. They should ensure that everything that he needs to work is in place,” he said.
He also cautioned the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government not to use the issue of missing cars at the presidency as an excuse to procure new vehicles.