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Opinions of Thursday, 19 April 2018

Columnist: Rockson Adofo

Government should clarify the use of District Assembly equipment by Traditional leaders

Would the NPP Government led by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, kindly educate me by pointing to me any existing protocol regarding the free use of District Assembly’s equipment by traditional leaders for their private affairs? I think I had better make myself clearer on the question.

Is a District Chief Officer (DCE) allowed to release any vehicle belonging to the district to the chief or queen within the district for their private activities without asking for payment of any kind in return?

Are District Chief Officers allowed to release the equipment belonging to the District, such as tipper trucks, to the traditional queen or chief to carry out their private projects without charging them any fee at all? Are the equipment meant for such private use? Speaking from a layman’s point of view, if the project being executed by the chief or queen is in the general interest of the town or traditional area, then probably the equipment can be released to the chief or queen.

Since this is just to familiarise myself more with the peculiar laws operating in Ghana that have given rise and credence to the popular saying among Ghanaians in Ghana which goes, “Ghana dee saa”, meaning, “this is how things are done in Ghana”. In Ghana, the poor and needy are obliged by culture and tradition dictated by the stinking institutional corruption to bend back always for the rich, the highly educated and those of higher status to cheat them all of the time hence their institutional “Ghana dee saa” attitude.

It has come to my notice that the DCE of Kumawu had recently released the Assembly’s tipper truck to Kumawuhemaa for the removal of several loads of sand and gravels she excavated from a parcel of land she intends to use for a private project – house or whatever, from the land to dump them in various parts of Kumawu. She is said to have dumped some by the Kumawu old Council House right opposite the former police station by the Kumawu roundabout. If the gravels had been, or were to be used to fill potholes, then no sensible being will have any issue with releasing the truck to her for a fee or free but that is not the issue.

Does she intend to cart the gravels and sand back to refill the land as and when the project she is about to carry demands hence presently dumping them in certain areas which may even pose health hazards to people with the rains now pouring and about to pour heavily?

Are the trucks or the equipment of district assemblies for public use with intermittent private use for fee or free? This is all that I want to know. If they are available for hire, how much is the fee for a day or for an hour and how is the payment effected and accounted for?

As corruption comes in all forms and shapes, we need to tackle it from all angles no matter how small or big it is. Some people may see me as being petty but for that I care.

I want to expand my knowledge of the laws in Ghana hence this publication. The laws back home in Ghana seem to be applied upside down as compared to how they operate in the civilized Western world which I am conversant with hence the curiosity to put out this publication. There is nothing wrong to make the equipment available for hire to raise income for the district but there should not be one law for their use by certain people and another law to bar others from using it.

Would the NPP Government led by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, kindly educate me by pointing to me any existing protocol regarding the free use of District Assembly’s equipment by traditional leaders for their private affairs? I think I had better make myself clearer on the question. Is a District Chief Officer (DCE) allowed to release any vehicle belonging to the district to the chief or queen within the district for their private activities without asking for payment of any kind in return?

Are District Chief Officers allowed to release the equipment belonging to the District, such as tipper trucks, to the traditional queen or chief to carry out their private projects without charging them any fee at all? Are the equipment meant for such private use? Speaking from a layman’s point of view, if the project being executed by the chief or queen is in the general interest of the town or traditional area, then probably the equipment can be released to the chief or queen.

Since this is just to familiarise myself more with the peculiar laws operating in Ghana that have given rise and credence to the popular saying among Ghanaians in Ghana which goes, “Ghana dee saa”, meaning, “this is how things are done in Ghana”. In Ghana, the poor and needy are obliged by culture and tradition dictated by the stinking institutional corruption to bend back always for the rich, the highly educated and those of higher status to cheat them all of the time hence their institutional “Ghana dee saa” attitude.

It has come to my notice that the DCE of Kumawu had recently released the Assembly’s tipper truck to Kumawuhemaa for the removal of several loads of sand and gravels she excavated from a parcel of land she intends to use for a private project – house or whatever, from the land to dump them in various parts of Kumawu. She is said to have dumped some by the Kumawu old Council House right opposite the former police station by the Kumawu roundabout. If the gravels had been, or were to be used to fill potholes, then no sensible being will have any issue with releasing the truck to her for a fee or free but that is not the issue.

Does she intend to cart the gravels and sand back to refill the land as and when the project she is about to carry demands hence presently dumping them in certain areas which may even pose health hazards to people with the rains now pouring and about to pour heavily?

Are the trucks or the equipment of district assemblies for public use with intermittent private use for fee or free? This is all that I want to know. If they are available for hire, how much is the fee for a day or for an hour and how is the payment effected and accounted for?

As corruption comes in all forms and shapes, we need to tackle it from all angles no matter how small or big it is. Some people may see me as being petty but for that I care.

I want to expand my knowledge of the laws in Ghana hence this publication. The laws back home in Ghana seem to be applied upside down as compared to how they operate in the civilized Western world which I am conversant with hence the curiosity to put out this publication. There is nothing wrong to make the equipment available for hire to raise income for the district but there should not be one law for their use by certain people and another law to bar others from using it.