The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Eastern Region are demanding an investigation into the refurbishment of a motor grader with registration number (GV 465-22) belonging to the Ayensuano district assembly.
The party is also demanding that the DCE be immediately made to step aside pending investigations into the utilization of public funds under her tenure.
“We wish to urge every citizen of Ayensuano district to take keen interest in this matter to ensure value and accountability for their money,” a statement signed by Kojo Danquah, Eastern Regional Communication officer said.
The District Chief Executive of Ayensuano, Josephine Awuku Inkoom Ansah, in an interview with UTV stated that the assembly had spent “4.5billion” to refurbish the grader.
She went ahead to claim that value for money had been ensured, arguing that a new machine “would have cost “over 2 billion.”
In the interview, she did not state whether the amounts mentioned were in cedis or not.
According to the NDC, the DCE made the matter worse when she added that the option of purchasing a new one would cost over 2 billion.
The NDC could not understand why such amount would be spent to refurbish that grader, considering the development deficiencies of the district, coupled with low revenue mobilization.
“Let us put on record, that this said equipment was purchased under the NDC government. Since the NPP assumed office, they have not added any new one to help make the roads of Ayensuano residents motorable.
“Again, the said overhauling the DCE talks about was done from funds from the Member of Parliament paid directly to JA Plantpool where the services were procured. It is, therefore, surprising that the DCE will declare such figures,” the statement added.