The Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Professor Stephen Adei has said Ghanaian politicians have no business driving $120,000 V8s when they cannot fix the bad roads in the country.
Ghana’s MPs, ministers, deputy ministers, Commission Chairpersons, Chief Directors, CEOs, MDs, Directors (in some cases, Deputy Directors) of state-owned institutions, as well as presidential staffers, mayors/DCEs/MCEs and other government officials are assigned V8s paid for and fuelled by the state.
But Prof Adei believes no Ghanaian politician deserves that privilege.
Speaking to Benjamin Akakpo on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Wednesday, 17 July 2019, the former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) said: “In this country of ours, our politicians should not be riding in V8s, period. You go and ride $120,000 car on a dirt road and when there’s traffic you say that everybody should stand by for you to go. They’ve missed the leadership.”
Touching on the Parliamentary Services Board’s botched move to construct a new $200 million 450-seat chamber for Ghana’s lawmaker’s, Prof Adei said the leadership got it wrong.
He said: “In leadership, you should be a model in how you behave; they got it wrong and their fingers have been burnt badly. For me, I never talked about it because I was expecting this backlash and if journalists and the bad boys are going to do this backlash, we’ll just watch it and see because the politicians must learn through the hard way and I think they’ve withdrawn it and must be withdrawn for decades because when they bring it back, they will see what the people will do to them.”
The 450-seat chamber idea received stern opposition from ordinary Ghanaians, the media, Civil Society Organisations and even some lawmakers. The move has since been shelved.