Health 30 ambulances procured under Mahama 'useless' - Report

The vehicles, valued at $2.4m, according to a technical report by Global automobile company Mercedes Benz, have 18 defects, making it 'useless.

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The 30 ambulances procured under the Mahama administration, for the National Ambulance Service, has been declared 'useless.'

The 13-seater buses were procured in 2014 and refitted into ambulances.

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The vehicles, valued at $2.4m, according to a technical report by Global automobile company Mercedes Benz, have 18 defects, making it 'useless.'

The report of the technical committee was made public by the Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid, on Saturday on Joy FM’s ‘Newsfile’ programme.

Another technical report from the National Ambulance Service also declared the vehicles as not fit for purpose.

Mr Hamid revealed that the contract for the procurement of the vehicles did not go through any competitive bidding process as it was single-sourced to one Richard Dzakpa, a former aide of former National Security Coordinator, Joseph Nuno Mensah.

“Richard Dzakpa of Dzakpa@Business was just asked to supply these ambulances to the Ministry of Health,” Mustapha Hamid said, adding that the company then contacted a foreign dealer, Big Sea, which made Dzakpa@Business its local agent.

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He also disclosed that on August 12, 2014, 50 percent (4 million Euros) of the cost of the vehicles were paid, a year before the technical report reached the government, following which government approved the payment of bank charges in excess of GHC806,000.

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