Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, has introduced the ban on the use of V8 and V6 automobiles by authorities officers efficient January 2023.
He made the announcement on Thursday, November 24, 2022, when he offered the 2023 finances to Parliament.
He mentioned that is half of measures by the Government to handle its expenditure within the face of the ever-worsening financial scenario.
The announcement of the ban nonetheless got here with an exception which made reservations for cross-nation journey.
“A ban on the use of V8s/V6s or its equivalent except for cross-country travel. All government vehicles would be registered with GV green number plates from January 2023,” he added.
And as a way of releasing the monetary pressure on the Ghana Cedi, the Minister additionally introduced a freeze on the importation of new automobiles and additionally a freeze on international journey for all Government officers.
Government businesses are additionally to resort to buying domestically assembled automobiles as a substitute.
“Limited budgetary allocation for the purchase of vehicles. For the avoidance of doubt, the purchase of new vehicles shall be restricted to locally assembled vehicles; Only essential official foreign travel across government including SOEs shall be allowed. No official foreign travel shall be allowed for board members. Accordingly, all government institutions should submit a travel plan for the year 2023 by mid-December of all expected travels to the Chief of Staff.”
As far because the restrictions lengthen, gas allocations for political appointees are additionally anticipated to be lowered by half.
“All MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to Political Appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs by 50%. This directive applies to all methods of fuel allocation including coupons, electronic cards, chit systems, and fuel depots. Accordingly, 50% of the previous year’s (2022) budget allocation for fuel shall be earmarked for official business pertaining to MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs,” Mr. Ofori-Atta added.