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Ambulances paid for by taxpayers being treated like personal gifts – Franklin Cudjoe

Founder and President of policy think-tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe is wondering why ambulances bought by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for distribution to constituencies are being treated as if they were personal gifts paid for by individuals rather than the state, calling out government for choosing to distribute the ambulances on a specific date that will see some celebration of sorts.

“And why would ambulances procured with our money be treated like personal gifts only to be given on days of feasting approved by our dear leader?” he wondered in a Facebook post.

The Imani Africa boss is also of the view that the mere availability of these ambulances does not really support the health system which is in dire straits.

“As if these ambulances (assuming they are even state-of-the art ones) by themselves complement the dilapidated health systems,” he added.

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There has been a severe shortage of ambulances in the country prompting government to procure one each for every constituency in the country.

But instead of distributing the ambulances as they come in batches, government has insisted on procuring all of the 275 ambulances before distributing them even as the lack of ambulances takes its toll on Ghanaians.

Protests to get government to distribute what it has procured while waiting for the rest, have yielded no results with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo himself explaining that the decision to distribute the ambulances to every constituency at a go, is to avoid accusations of favouritism if the distribution is done in bits and pieces.

The ambulances are set to be distributed at once to every constituency on the 6th of this month when all of them would have been procured and appropriated branded..

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2019

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