There is an Augean Stable in the public waste chain that The Chronicle wants the
It is in the area of allocation of vehicles and the fuel-coupon system in use throughout the
Most, if not all of them, are allocated at least one fuel-guzzling V8, 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser or similar brands. Of course, Ministers often go on official treks outside their base stations and 4-wheel drives are the appropriate vehicle to use, especially when the trips are beyond the regionals capitals into the rural areas, where the roads really shake the bones of travellers.
The beef of The Chronicle, however, is with the use of V8s by government officials for intra-city travel, from home to office and back home. Such abuse of V8s should be banned because it comes at great cost to the state. Currently, according to research reportedly conducted by
The number of gallons decreases pro-rata down the chain. Now a gallon contains at least four and one-half litres of gasoline, thus giving a total of 202.5 litres weekly for Ministers. At current fuel-pump rate of GH¢3.3 per litre, a Minister consumes about GH¢668.3 litres of fuel a week, GH¢2,673 monthly and GH¢32,076 annually.
This is a colossal waste, if most of it is consumed in the traffic in
The Chronicle believes pooling the land cruisers will further reduce the weight of the cost of maintenance on the public purse. The vehicles should only be released for trips into the hinterland. Ministers and government officials should be restricted to the use of salon cars in the city where they are stationed.
The cost of the civil and public services on the
Government employees cannot be seen to be enjoying the same perks as their private sector counterparts. Same qualifications do not factor. The career paths are different and come with different rewards. And no one is restricted to either. Private sector costs are paid from operational costs and profits while in the public sector it is from the blood and sweat of compatriots. Under no circumstance should it be frittered away on the self-aggrandizement of a few!
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