By: Daniel Nonor
A dynamic scheme for civil and public servants, especially teachers, to acquire personal cars and other electrical appliances to enhance their productivity, has been launched in Accra by the Minister of Education Alex Tettey-Enyo.
The Auto Scheme, by Unik Dezines and SCL Technologies, offers an interest-free and flexible payment terms on salon cars, mini buses, and assorted electrical appliances, aimed at supplementing the government’s efforts at upgrading the lifestyle of personnel in the education sector in particular.
Launching the scheme on behalf of the Vice President, John Mahama, the Minister of Education underscored the importance of creating congenial conditions, under which the workers discharge their duties, which according to him, also counts in providing the needed motivation for them to perform their duties, and prepare for the future.
He recalled that in the early 90s, a number of schemes on incentives were introduced into the Ghana Education Service by the Ministry, in collaboration with her development partners that set the pace for providing more incentives for teachers.
The teachers associations, with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) leading, have facilitated the acquisition of houses and means of transport for its members.
“Today, we are entering into a new era of pushing teacher motivation forward in a bold and new direction.”
He hinted that a number of investors were coming in to help the Ministry design and implement various other schemes.
According to him, most teachers do not want to accept postings to the rural areas for many reasons, among which is accommodation and transportation. “Access to personal salon cars may facilitate their work and promote the development of the rural areas,” he noted
The scheme, initiated by Unick Dezines Limited, according to him, adds to the dimensions of solving some of the challenges facing the civil and public services.
Under the scheme, teachers and lecturers would be provided with saloon cars, motorbikes, and buses. “This is a risk-free investment to the government, in that our investors are ready to provide 100% of the investment, and a grace period, if necessary, to the benefit of the purchasers,” he noted.
According to Mr. Samuel Ofori-Adjei, President of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), a corporate guarantee and waivers were being worked out to back the scheme, since the prices of the vehicles might be out of the reach of the pockets of the recipients for outright payment.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unik Dezines, Denis Anderson, stressed that the scheme takes the stress out of public servants taking loans at very high interest rates from the banks to purchase cars.