An Audit report by the Auditor General has revealed that the Energy Ministry spent $1,745, 159 (GHc5, 584,508) meant for rural electrification on 38 luxury vehicles.
According to the report, the vehicles were bought from a budget meant for extending electricity to 1,200 communities under the Multi-Donor Budgetary Support Programme between 2010 and 2012.
The report presented by the Auditor General, Richard Quartey, also revealed that the ministry also bought two heavy duty photocopiers for $33,226.40 (GHS106,324), four desktop computers with accessories for $10,522.28(GHS33,670), and three laptop computers with accessories for $8,008.71 (GHS25,627.87).
“The vehicles and office equipment were supplied by Weldy Lamont (contractor for the project) as part of the material supplied for the project. The Director of power explained the acquisition of the vehicles and office equipment was for capacity building to enhance the service delivery of the Ministry. The audit team found no budget for purchase of vehicles and office equipment in the details of the contract” the report noted.
The vehicles include; Ford F150 truck, Lexus LX570, Chrysler 300, Dodge Dakota SLT, and Grido Ford 5150. The Auditor-General, Richard Quartey who presented the report to Parliament explained that the Ministry used the money for the electricity project because as at the time of the purchases, there was no budgetary allocation for the vehicles.
According to the report, the ministry also bought two heavy duty photocopiers for $33,226.40 (GHS106,324), four desktop computers with accessories for $10,522.28, and three laptop computers with accessories for $8,008.71.