Auctioneer blows GHc33,000 from sales of gov’t vehicles and fails to pay tax

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Mr. Agyei said this when he appeared before the committee on Wednesday to respond to queries together with the officials of Ministry of Health on the Auditor General’s Performance Report on the disposal of government vehicles at the ministry.

These vehicles include double cabin pickups, station wagons, saloon cars, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), buses, tractors, combined harvesters, ambulances and motor cycles.
Mr. Agyei was engaged by the MoFA to auction some unserviceable vehicles with high maintenance cost to make room for new and improved models of vehicles between the period 2011 and 2013.

A member of the PAC, Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who raised the matter described the action as criminal and recommended that Mr. Agyei pays interest on the GH₵33,000 into government chest.

But Mr. Agyei in a response pleaded for forgiveness.

“Mr. Chairman, after all these mistakes, I have changed the whole process … from now onwards everything will be put in right order and whatever I have done should be forgiven,” he pleaded.

The Auditor-General in its report described the entire auctioning process as unfair, uncompetitive and that which lacks transparency.

The Report also indicated that Mr. Alex Agyei went contrary to Sections 1.8 of the Guidelines in the Disposal of Goods and Equipment which states that  “in the interest of promoting probity ,fair dealing and openness, Procurement Entities must not sell assets to staff unless arising from a public competitive process” and Section  5.2 which states that “items available for sale to be advertised in a newspaper for wide circulation.”

Mr. Agyei in his response captured in the Report indicated that the vehicles were already allocated to staff of MoFA as well as the prices at which they were to be sold before he commenced his task.

Mr. Benjamin Gyasi, Ag. Chief Director of the Ministry assured that the said mistakes would not occur again and pleaded for forgiveness.

“Mr. Chairman, we are sorry. We have learnt our lessons and won’t repeat these mistakes going forward. We pray for your forgiveness” the Acting Chief Director of the Agric Ministry, Mr. Ben Gyasi pleaded when he was asked what should be done to them,” he said.

Chairman of PAC, James Klutse Avedzi who was not happy with the plea urged him to prepare to face any consequence that may come as a result of the illegal act.

“If you have changed, which means that you have admitted what you did was wrong so any punishment applicable then should be meted…you will be laughing but at the appropriate time, you would not laugh…,” he said.

 

Source: Frontpageghana.com

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