Carrying a presidential chair in a V8 to follow President Akufo-Addo to functions across the country costs the Ghanaian taxpayer about GHS 120 million, according to the Crusaders Against Corruption.
The annual cost of carting the President’s mobile chair was revealed by the Chief Crusader of the anti-corruption group, Mr. Emmanuel Wilson Jnr, on Dwaboase hosted by Prince Minkah on Power FM and TV XYZ.
Speaking against the implementation of the controversial E-levy, Wilson Jnr observed that the amount spent on transporting the chair everywhere the President goes can be saved to embark on development projects.
He said the “unnecessary expenditure” of the NPP government, especially at the presidency could be avoided to make savings as an alternative to raising about GHS 6.9 billion from E-levy which is being fiercely resisted by the Minority in Parliament.
Wilson who was disappointed in President Akufo-Addo over the decision to tax electronic transactions (E-Levy) further called on the government to make conscious efforts to seal the loopholes in the public purse.
Pointing to the massive corruption under Akufo-Addo, the anti-graft advocate observed that rather than introducing the E-Levy, the president can firmly go after agencies and appointees that have been indicted in the Auditor-General’s Report ever since he assumed power in 2017.
He also condemned the carting of a chair for President Akufo-Addo, saying it costs the taxpayer GHS 120 million annually.
“V8 [vehicle] travels 200 kilometers per hour and uses an average of GHS 1000 on fuel. If the president travels an average of 50 times a month. When you multiply the 50 by the GHS1000 and multiply that by the 200 Kilometres and then multiply that by 12 which is the number of months in a year. You’ll arrive at GHS 120 million,” he stated.
He noted that what Ghana needed to do was consciously and urgently cut down on unnecessary expenditure.