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Government bans use of V8s, V6s from 2023, except for cross-country travels

On November 24, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, made the declaration when presenting the 2023 Budget to Parliament.

He claims that this is a component of the Government’s efforts to control spending in the light of the continuously deteriorating economic climate.

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“A prohibition on the use of V8/V6 engines or their equivalent, with the exception of cross-country trips. From January 2023, all government cars would be registered with GV green license plates, he said.

The Minister also declared a ban on all government officials’ travel abroad and the importation of new vehicles.

Additionally, government organizations are going to start buying cars that are made locally.

“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.”

There was also the announcement of restrictions on the allocations of fuel for political appointees. “All MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to Political Appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs by 50%.

This rule is applicable to all fuel distribution techniques, including fuel depots, electronic cards, chit systems, and coupon systems. As a result, 50% of the fuel budget for the prior year (2022) will be set aside for MDA, MMDA, and SOE official activity, Mr. Ofori-Atta continued.

Additionally, Mr. Ofori-Atta thanked both political parties in parliament for supporting his presentation of the 2023 Budget.

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