Politics of Sunday, 22 December 2013
Acting Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party, Perry Okudzeto, has stated that the penchant the of National Democratic Congress-led government to spend every available national resource on laptops must stop.
“It is becoming a ritual in our country today, what our resources will be expended on at the least opportunity when some resource is made available to government,” he stated in a release dated Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
According to him, the NDC is making fetish of laptops in the country and, on top of that, shrouding the purchasing process in mystery.
“The fetish of laptops irrespective of quality, durability, cost etc, is becoming rampant. The process of such purchase is shrouded in secrecy. It's either through sole sourcing or through sole sourcing. Irrespective of the needs of journalists or students, there is a seeming magic on the part of government in determining that everyone needs laptops.”
He disclosed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was alarmed by reports on the Media Fund by the Ministry of Information and Media Relations.
“What seemed to be a good idea, when the government in year 2011 announced the creation of a Media Fund, with an initial GH¢1 million to help the development of the media in Ghana, is now turning to be one of the many avenues for misappropriating public funds, which has become characteristic of the Mahama led NDC administration.”
He called on all media professionals, and well-meaning Ghanaians to seek justice and fair distribution of the Fund.
“Finally, government must come clean on the disbursement of the fund and constitute a board of trustees to administer the fund moving forward.”